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Frank Alexander de Pass

Born:
2 Iyyar 5647 (26 April 1887)
Died:
7 Kislev 5675 (25 November 1914)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
DEP6617
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
2 Iyyar 5647 (26 April 1887)
Place of birth:
Kensington, London

Death

Date of death:
7 Kislev 5675 (25 November 1914)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Near Festubert, France
Cause of death:
Gunshot wound
Burial place:
Bethune Town Cemetery, France

Places

Addresses

Parents' Home:
Lancaster Gate Terrace Kensington, London (26 April 1887)

Schools

Name:
The Abbey School, Beckenham
Name:
Rugby School
Name:
Royal Military Academy, Woolich
Year started:
1904
Year left:
1906

Synagogues

Name:
Bevis Marks Synagogue
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Earning Victoria Cross, 24 November 1914

While serving in the trenches near Festubert Frank volunteered to crawl out of their trench in order to ascertain the enemy’s position. They discovered that the German troops had formed a sap just yards from their own position from which they began throwing grenades and other explosives injuring many in Frank's trench. Frank and two others volunteered to crawl again out to the German sap to destroy the position, which they did with great bravery. Later that day Frank spotted an injured soldier laying exposed to enemy fire and once again risked his life climbing out to rescue the fallen man and bringing him back to safety. Unfortunately Frank was killed the next day by a sniper in another attack on the German sap after it was reoccupied. For his bravery and calm under fire Frank was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

First Jewish VC, 25 November 1914

When Frank de Pass was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1914 he became not only the first Jewish recipient of this prestigious award, but also the first officer of the Indian Army to be granted it.

Family

Parents

Father: Eliot Arthur De Pass (male)
Mother: Beatrice de Pass (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Indian Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
20 December 1906
Date discharged/death:
25 November 1914
Rank at discharge/death:
Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
The Poona Horse Regiment
Battalion/unit:
34th Prince Albert Victor’s Own Poona Horse
Posting:
Secunderabad in India, France
Campaigns:
Battles of La Bassée, Armentières, Neuve Chapelle, Festubert
Medals:
Victoria Cross

Roll of Honour

F. A. (V.C.) DE PASS, 26 November 1914

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Lieutenant
Date of Death:
25/11/1914
Age:
27
Regiment / service:
Cemetery:
Bethune Town Cemetery
Grave reference:
I. A. 24.
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