DEANS, Francis Richardson
(Service number 54017)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private or Rifleman


Date 26 January 1897 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 12 February 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Chappel Street, Timaru
Occupation Labourer (Pareora Freezing Works, Pareora)
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment - serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs H. R. DEANS (mother), 41 Niblett Street, Wanganui
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 27th Reinforcements, G Company
Date 16 July 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
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Post-war Occupations


Date 4 April 1983 Age 86 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru; ashes interred Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 49, Plot 161
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis Richardson Deans was the second-born son of John and Rosa Harriet (née Richardson) Deans, and the only one of their three sons to survive infancy. He was born on 26 January 1897 at Waimate and educated at Hannaton and Timaru Main schools. Francis Deans was a labourer at the Pareora Freezing Works and had just turned twenty when he enlisted on 12 February 1917. A single man, residing at Chappel Street, Timaru, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs H. R. Deans, 41 Niblett Street, Wanganui. This was the address to which his oldest sister, Harriet Rosa McKinney, had gone when her husband, William McKinney, enlisted in June 1918.

The South Canterbury quota of the 29th Reinforcements left Timaru on 30 April 1917. There among the men who proceeded to camp was F. R. Richardson. It was the 27th Reinforcements with which Rifleman F. R. Deans embarked. He left for Liverpool, England, on 16 July 1917 per the “Athenic”. Rifleman F. R. Deans, 54017, came home by the “Pakeha” (Returning Draft No. 251) which was due at Wellington about 30 May 1919.

He married Dorothy Jessie Barkley (known as Doris) in 1936. Francis Richardson Deans, of Timaru, was called up for service again in December 1942. He died on 4 April 1983 at Timaru, aged 86 years. He and Doris, who died in 1985, were cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium. Their ashes were interred in the Deans plot at Timaru Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [03 February 2022]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [08 February 2022]; Timaru Herald, 30 April 1917, 23 December 1942, Evening Post, 15 May 1919 (Papers Past) [08 February 2022]; Timaru Cemetery headstone images (Timaru District Council) [01 February 2022]; Salsibury Park Crematorium record [08 February 2022]

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