In May 1918, Harold Dean described himself as a 21 year old single horse dealer from Victoria Street, Launceston. He departed Sydney in mid June 1918 and was later taken on strength with the 2nd Field Artillery. At 5ft 2 1/2 ins in height until some of the restrictions were lifted, it was unlikely that he would have been accepted into the AIF. In March 1919 he was detached to the Graves Registration Unit for several months prior to returning to Australia. He later married and took various labouring jobs to support his family. He died at the Launceston General Hospital on 24 November 1959.