Medal haul for military museum

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011
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The nephew of the first Jewish soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross has presented copies of his medals to the Jewish Military Museum in Hendon.

Lieutenant Commander Frank de Pass was killed rescuing injured soldiers from No Man's Land in France in November 1914.

His 90-year-old nephew Robert de Pass wanted to ensure the courageous action was preserved in Jewish history. "The original medals are in the British army museum in Chelsea but I thought it was important that copies went to the Jewish Military Museum because of the Jewish significance."

His story had been passed down through the family. "The medal went to my grandfather, then my father and when he died it came to me. I always knew how important it was and we were very proud he was the first Jew to get the Victoria Cross."

The family came to England from Spain in 1780 and settled in Norfolk. Frank de Pass served in the Indian army cavalry, known as the Poona Horse, and was a well-known polo player in India before returning to serve in France.

    Last updated: 1:58pm, April 7 2011