14503 J.H.Dean, DEOVR, RNC and SAEC
James Dean attested into the DEOVR on the 08/04/1940 in Cape Town. He was 24 yrs old. He was a married man and worked for the South African Railways and Harbours as a Boilermaker.
He was posted to as a Pte to “B” Company of the DEOVR on the 20/05/1940 and served with them until the 17/07/1940 when he was placed on strength of the Infantry Reserve Traing Depot. From here he was posted to Mombasa in East Africa. He carried out several function whilst there but on the 27/04/1941 he was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Natal Carbineers. He then was posted to North Africa and remained there until the 31/07/1942. He was sent back to the Union and arrived in Durban on the 11/08/1942 and sent to Hospital. He suffered from a recurrent facial ulcer. Whilst in Durban he was charged under section 19 of the MDC but let off. Dean was then to find himself attached to the CATD (Central Army Training Depot) effective from 17/10/1942. His recurrent facial ulcer meant that he was send back to Hospital for a few months before reporting back to CATD.
As Dean was an assistant Boilermaker in civvy life he was transferred to the SAEC (South African Engineer Corps) and placed on strength of the 100th Aerodrome Maintenance Company of the SAEC. This was effective from the 26/01/1943. He was transferred to the 105th Aerodrome Maintenance Company 01/02/1943 and sent to AFS Youngsfield. He transferred to AFS Brooklyn on the 26/03/1943. Whilst at AFS Brooklyn he undertook his trade test as a boilermaker but failed and was then returned back to the 105th AMC.
Dean had another go at passing his trade test, this time on the 18/09/1944 and was successful. He was re mustered as Artisan Aerodrome Maintenance. He was then attached to the 48th Bitumen Company SAEC in Langebaan on the west coast of South Africa. He remained there until the 15/03/1945 when he returned to the 105th AMC. On the 05/07/1945 he was finally discharged from the Westlake Dispersal Depot due to the reduction of the establishment. He was discharged with full benefits. His medals were dispatched to him on the 30/07/1954.
A good SA WW2 group and sold with a full set of copied research (40 odd pages) from the SANDF Archives. Selling price reflects the amount of research included.