Lt Maurice James Dease VC – St Symphorien Cemetery

May 21, 2014

The Mad Game Newsreel

Lt Maurice Jame Dease VC 

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Dease was born on 28 September 1889 in Gaulstown, Coole, County Westmeath, Ireland to Edmund F. and Katherine M. Dease. He was educated at Stonyhurst College and the Army Department of Wimbledon College before attending the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was 24 years old, and a lieutenant in the 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, and was awarded the VC for his actions on 23 August 1914, at Mons, Belgium.

Nimy Bridge was being defended by a single company of Royal Fusiliers and a machine-gun section with Lt. Dease in command. The gun fire was intense, and the casualties very heavy, but Deaase went on firing in spite of his wounds, until he was hit for the fifth time and was carried away.

The Victoria Cross Citation —London Gazette, 16 November 1914

Though two or three times badly wounded he continued to control the fire of his machine guns at Mons on 23rd Aug., until all his men were shot. He died of his wounds.”

Maurice James Dease won the first Victoria Cross to be awarded in the Great War, 1914–1918, and he also won it on the first day of the first significant British encounter in that war. Dease is buried at St Symphorien military cemetery, Belgium

He is remembered with a plaque under the Nimy Railroad Bridge, Mons and in Westminster Cathedral. His name is on the Wayside Cross in Woodchester, Stroud, Gloucestershire. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Fusiliers Museum in the Tower of London.

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