Lieutenant Maurice James Dease VC

ABOVE: Lieutenant Maurice Dease of the Royal Fusiliers with a bearskin and brass Royal Fusiliers cap badge
Men of the 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (9th Brigade, 3rd Division) on August 22, 1914, resting in the square at Mons the day before the Battle of Mons. Minutes after this photograph was taken, these men moved into position at Nimy on the bank of the Mons-Condé Canal.

“ The Germans attacked the bridge with greater intensity and Dease was wounded . As he defended his position , Dease was hit three more times , including in the neck”

Lieutenant Maurice James Dease was the first officer to be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously during World War One. His decoration was for a heroic act of bravery and leadership in August 1914, just days after the outbreak of the war.

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