Topic: Brigadier E.P (Ted) Dean, ONZM, ED., ADC (1946 - 2011)

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Obituary appearing in the 62nd Hauraki News (February 2011) by Col Alister McCaw.

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Ted Dean in the 1990s..

8 September 1946 – 8 January 2011

In the presence of an estimated 500 people including Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, the Mayor of Tauranga Stuart Crosby, Chief of Defence Force, Chief of Army, Land Component Commander, Territorial Force Advisor, Director of Army Reserves, many other past and present commanders, past members of the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, including Corporal Willy Apiata V.C. family, workmates and friends Brigadier (Ted) Dean was laid to rest 13 January 2011 in Tauranga’s Pyes Pa cemetery.

A short battle with illness saw Brigadier Dean peacefully slip away at home, bringing to an end a unique period of military service that started in 1965 with Army School Cadets, followed by a period of Compulsory Military Training (CMT), reaching the rank of Sergeant, before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment in 1975.

As a junior officer Brigadier Dean was appointed as the Reconnaissance Platoon Commander in the Hauraki’s’. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1977 and in 1979 he attended an exchange exercise in Australia and commanded a joint Australian and New Zealand reconnaissance platoon. In 1981 he was promoted to Captain and posted with the Battalion to command the Mortar Platoon. Brigadier Dean was appointed Company Commander Bravo Company (Eastern Bay of Plenty) in 1983. In 1985 he led a company from the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) to Singapore and Malaysia to exercise as part of the New Zealand battalion stationed there. On return to New Zealand he was promoted to Major and posted to Support Company. During this time, he concurrently served as the Battalion’s Operations and Training Officer. Following a period as the Logistics Company Commander he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) in 1990.

As a Battalion Commander, Brigadier Dean will be remembered for his innovative and bold exercises which ensured he was able to recruit, train and retain the largest battalion (including regular force) in the NZ Army. The Hauraki’s at the time consisting of five rifle companies, support and logistic companies, with training weekends regularly generating in excess of 300 soldiers.

During his career Brigadier Dean has attended overseas divisional level Command Post Exercise; in Hawaii in 1982 as a Duty Officer, and in Singapore in 1991 as a Battalion Commander. Brigadier Dean was awarded the Efficiency Decoration in 1987 and clasps to that decoration in 1993 and 1999. In 1994 Brigadier Dean was appointed Deputy Commander, in the rank of Colonel, of the 2nd Land Force Group, Linton Camp. On promotion to Brigadier April 1997 he was appointed Territorial Force Adviser, the highest ranked appointment with the New Zealand Army’s Territorial Force retiring from the military in 2000.

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Brigadier Dean will be remembered for his for his passion for the value that community based service for example Cadets and the Territorial Force brought to the capability of Defence but to the very fabric of the community. Brigadier Dean continued to work to ensure these values would continue to be enhanced by army, defence and government. Ted never tired in his crusade to provide balance to the perspective. On retiring from the army, Brigadier Dean retained his input to things military, chairing the Cadet Corp

Association of NZ and serving on the National Cadet Council, as well as being the patron of the Tauranga unit. Brigadier Dean was also actively involved in Employer Support and initiated and chaired the Bay of Plenty / Waikato committee, as well as being the past president of the Bay of Plenty Officers Club and Vice president of the Hauraki Association. Brigadier Dean is survived by his wife Christine, his children Paul, Ryan, Andrew and Rebecca and granddaughter Lilith.

Alister McCaw



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Brigadier E.P (Ted) Dean, ONZM, ED., ADC (1946 - 2011)

Year:1946 and 2011
First Names:Edward Paul (Ted)
Last Name:Dean
Date of Birth:1946
Date of death:2011
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