Maurice James Dease
Date of Death: 23/08/1914
Regiment/Service: 4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Awards: V C, Mentioned in Despatches
Grave Reference: V. B. 2.
Cemetery: ST. SYMPHORIEN MILITARY CEMETERY
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.
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."