Derbyshire Record Office would like to wish a belated Happy Birthday to Britain’s oldest man, Wirksworth’s own Reg Dean, who turned 110 on the 4th of November. Mr Dean very kindly let us have his unpublished memoirs in 2010. They are available to anyone who would care to book a session in our temporary searchroom (01629 538347 is the number – you will need to book at least a week in advance).
Reg Dean was born in Tunstall, Staffordshire on 4 November 1902, the son of a master potter. He joined the Manchester and Liverpool District Bank in Burslem aged 16, after a premature end to his school career. After studying Greek and Latin, he was admitted to St Augustine’s College, Canterbury in 1923. Ordained as a deacon in the Church of England in 1927 and a priest two years later, Reg Dean took up positions around the world, including Singapore and India, and was a volunteer army chaplain during World War Two. He joined the Congregational Church in 1952 and served as minister in the United Reformed Churches of Wirksworth and Matlock until his retirement in 1982. He was also a teacher at Herbert Strutt School, Belper between 1958 and 1968. Reg Dean is a founder member and former president of the Dalesmen male voice choir, and has been Britain’s oldest man since June 2010.