Frank Alexander de Pass, VC

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Frank Alexander de Pass

Birthplace: London, UK
Death: November 25, 1914 (27)
Festubert, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France (Died in Action WWI)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Eliot de Pass and Beatrice, Lady de Pass
Brother of Harold de Pass; Charles de Pass; Marjorie Lilian Kitson; Eliot Archibald de Pass and John Alan de Pass

Managed by: Daniel Gideon Krasnegor
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About Frank Alexander de Pass, VC

Frank Alexander de Pass was born to a family of Spanish/Portuguese Jews, who originally came to England in the 1660s, in the Kensington section of London. He was commissioned into the Royal Horse Artillery in 1906. In 1909 he was transferred into the 34th Prince Albert Victor's Own Poona Horse. In 1914, on the outbreak of World War I, he was sent with his regiment to France. De Pass was awarded the Victoria Cross on February 18, 1915 "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."

Lieutenant De Pass became the first Jewish recipient of the Victoria Cross, which is the highest military decoration awarded for bravery in battle to members of the armed forces of Britain and its Commonwealth countries.

Westminster City Council has agreed that a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the action in which Lt Frank De Pass was awarded the VC will take place on Tue 25 Nov 2014. The commemorative stone will be laid at The Ministry of Defence gardens, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2HB.

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Frank Alexander de Pass, VC's Timeline

April 26, 1887
London, UK
November 25, 1914
Age 27
Festubert, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France