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Frank Alexander De Pass

  • Birth 26 Apr 1887
  • Death 25 Nov 1914
  • Burial Bethune, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Plot I.A.24.
  • Memorial ID 9719558

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously on February 18, 1915 for his actions on November 24, 1914 near Festubert, France during World War I and was killed in combat the following day at the age of 27. Born in Kensington, Middlesex, England to Jewish parents, he joined the British Indian Army and became a lieutenant in the 34th Prince Albert Victor's Own Poona Horse of the Royal Horse Artillery and sent to France shortly after the outbreak of World War I in July 1914. He was the first Indian officer and Jewish recipient of the award. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "For conspicuous bravery near Festubert, on 24 November 1914, in entering a German sap and destroying a traverse in the face of the enemy's bombs; and for subsequently rescuing, under heavy fire, a wounded man who was lying exposed in the open. Lieutenant de Pass lost his life in a second attempt to capture the sap, which had been re-occupied by the enemy." His Victoria Cross is on display at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London, England.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 27 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9719558
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Alexander De Pass (26 Apr 1887–25 Nov 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9719558, citing Bethune Town Cemetery, Bethune, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .