Mr Horace John Dean was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England on 11 September 1876. One of nine children, he was the son of John Dean, an Irish-born captain in the Army Service Corps, and the former Frances Caroline McCormick of Essex.
In 1892, at age 15, Dean was apprenticed into the Royal Navy; in July 1897 he obtained his second mate’s competency certificate, followed by his first in June 1900, his master’s in July 1902 and extra-master’s in October the same year. Ships he served aboard prior to 1912 included Lake Champlain, Cretic, Campania and Franconia; in January 1912 he was first officer aboard Carmania.
Horace was married in 1906 to Eliza Jane Glendinning Steele (b. 27 December 1880), known as Jean, a native of Cumberland. Their son Herbert John, their only child, was born in 1908 and by 1911 the family lived at 10 Kingfield Road in Walton, Liverpool.
Horace Dean was first officer aboard the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster. Dean was on the Bridge when wireless operator Harold Cottam arrived on the bridge with news of the Titanic’s distress call. In turn, it was Dean who roused Captain Rostron from his sleep to notify him of the situation.
Dean served throughout WWI and WWII. He retired to Wanstead, Essex where he was widowed in 1940. He was remarried the following year to Daisy Emily Wilson (1890-1972) and resettled in Bournemouth where he spent the rest of his life.
Horace John Dean died in Bournemouth on 6 February 1943.