John Alfred Dearden was born in Douglas, Isle of Man on February 17, 1881. He was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment as a Second Lieutenant on January 28, 1903 and promoted to Lieutenant on February 2, 1907.
On March 12, 1912 he was made adjutant of the 9th Battalion and granted the temporary rank of Captain in the Territorial Force whilst holding the appointment of Adjutant.
His name is conspicuously absent from Battalion, Brigade and Divisional war diaries in Gallipoli, Egypt and France but his medal index card shows a disembarkation date of May 1915 and he was awarded the 1914 – 1915 Star Medal. In 1917 he was promoted to Major.
Major John Alfred Dearden died on July 26, 1928 in Hertfordshire. He was 47 years old.