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Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Fusiliers

4th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 23 August 1914

Age 24 years old

Buried or commemorated at


V. B. 2.


Famous casualties: headstone of Lieut M J Dease, VC in St. Symphorien Military Cemetery, Belgium

Photographer: Unknown

  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Mentioned in Despatches
  • Additional Info Son of Edmund F. and Katherine M. Dease, of Levington, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. One of the first British officer battle casualties of the war and the first posthumous recipient of the VC of the war.
  • Personal Inscription REQUIESCAT IN PACE
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 16th Nov., 1914. records the following:- "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."

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