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  • Name: Frank Alexander de PASS
  • D.O.B: 26th April, 1887
  • D.O.A: 24th November, 1914
  • D.O.D: 25th November, 1914
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 34th Prince Albert Victor’s Own Poona Horse, 9th (Secunderabad) Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Indian Army

Near Festubert, France 24-25 November 1914

24-25 November 1914

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The First World War 1914 

On 23 November 1914, near Festubert, the Germans had dug a sap up to a trench manned by 34th Prince Albert Victor’s Own Poona Horse, and blown a breach in it. This was guarded by Lieutenant F A de Pass. The enemy had blocked their sap with a sandbag traverse and on the 24th de Pass, with three Indian troopers, had crawled up the sap and blown up the traverse. However this was repaired by the Germans and on 25 November de Pass was shot by a sniper from behind it while trying to repair the parapet of the British trench.

Citation

 For conspicuous bravery near Festubert on the 24th November, 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 on this day in a second attempt to capture the afore-mentioned sap, which had been re-occupied by the enemy. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 February 1915. 18 February 1915, Numb. 29074, p. 1700

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