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DAY, MAURICE CHARLES, Lieut. 13th Rajputs, Indian Army, eldest, s.
of the Yen Rev. .Maurice William Day, Dean of Waterford, by his wife, Katherine
Louisa France», dau. of Charles Garfit, and grandson of the hit«- Right Rev.
Maurice Day, Bishop of Cashel; b. The Palace,
Waterford, 20 Feb., 1891; educ. Aravon,
Bray (1902-5), Marlborough College (1905-10,
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship,
Leaving Exhibition), and Trinity College,
Cambridge (1910-13. Exhibition, T.C. 1910;
Senior Scholarship, T.C. 1913 ; Bell's Univer-
sity Scholarship. 1912; Wrangler, B.A. 1913);
and was gazetted 2nd Lieut, to the unattached
list for the Indian Army, 5 Sept. 1913, to rank
as from 5 Sept. 1911, being awarded six months’
seniority for his University honours in addition
to 18 months as a University candidate. lie
was attached to the Royal West Kent Itegt.
for his lirst year and was stationed at Multan
and Dalhousic. He was promoted Lieut.
28 Sept. 1914 (to rank from 5 Dec. 1913), and
the same day joined his Indian regt., the 13th
Rajputs. They started on Active Service the
day after he joined and left Bombay with the
Maurice Charles Day. Expeditionary Force for East Africa on 10 Oct.
He fell in action at Tanga, German East Africa
3 Nov. 1914, the morning they landed. Lieut.-Col. Stewart wrote: “The
Commandant, Lieut.-Col. H. W. Codrington, and the Adjutant, Capt. R. Clothier,
and Major H. Corbett were all hit at the same, time and place. Your son was
buried by the Germans subsequently. .Mr. Day joined us before we came on
service, and when we landed was acting as Brigade Transport Officer. During
the short time he was with us, we realised what a keen and promising officer
ho was. There can be no doubt that he would have made a name for himself,
and that soon ” ; and Lieut.-Col. H. W. Codrington : “ First I must tell you
that your son, although he only joined the regt. on the day before we started
from Agra, had become a great favourite, and that his loss is very keenly felt
by all. It was a great blow to me personally, as I had taken a great fancy to him.
Professionally he was a most exceptionally able, keen and promising young
officer. . . . His brother officers would very much like if we may put up
a small memorial brass to the memory of your son in your church. We shall
be so glad if you will allow us to do this.” Capt. Cole also wrote : ” Your son
was in my double company and I was with him when he was killed. Colonel
Codrington, the Adjutant, your son. and myself had just got on to a snvill hillock
to have a look round when a machine gun opened on us at close range and the
first three named went down instantaneously. Your son was killed outright.
I cannot tell you how very deeply we mourn his loss, for although he had been
with us such a short time we knew him for a brave, capable and resourceful
boy.” Previous to joining the Army he had worked in the Trinity Mission at
Camberwell, and the Vicar of St. George’s there (the Rev. H. G. D. Latham)
wrote : “ Your son when at Trinity was one of those who would not be content
simply to get the best out of life for ourselves. He came here to do hard Mission
work among our people and to share with those who had not had his privileges
whatever of the Cambridge spirit can be shared by a simple and sincere friendli-
ness, and so he has helped to sweeten life for many and to make the strained
relations between class and class easier, and he has helped on the good Cambridge
tradition of coming to South London. There are many here who will feel his
loss as a personal blow, while they will be proud to have had his friendship.”
He was unin.
DAY, REGINALD CHARLES WILLIAM, Canteen Assistant, H.M.S. Aboukir ;
lost in action in the North Sea, 22 Sept. 1914.
DAY, THOMAS, S.P.O. (R.F.R., B. 7958), 292498, H.M.S. Hawke ; lost when
that ship was torpedoed in the North Sea, 15 Oct. 1914.
DAYSH, FREDERICK ARTHUR GEORGE, Private. No. 8989, 1st Bftttn.
Coldstream Guards ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France ; reported
missing, 14 Sept. 1914.
DEACON, STANLEY DOUGLAS, Gunner. Immed. Class, R.M.A. (U.F.R.,
37), 9570. H.M.S. Good Hope ; lost in action olf Coroncl, on the coast of Chili,
1 Nov. 1914.
DEACON, WILLIAM JAMES, A. 15. (R.F.R., B. 1380), 191882, II.M.S.
Good Hope ; lost in action off Coronet, on the
1 I coast of Chili, I Nov. 1914.
DEADMAN, CHARLES WILLIAM, Corpl.,
No. 18611, 12th (Si rvice) Battn. Highland L.I.,
eldest s. of Charles Deadman, of 48. Grove
Road, Shoe bury ness, Briekmaker. by his wife,
Sarah Ann, dan. of Philip Moss; h. Great
Wakcring, co. Essex, 28 Dec. 1891 ; educ.
Shocburyness Village School ; was a brick-
layer’s labourer; enlisted 9 Sept. 1914; went
to France earlv in July, and was killed in
action during the advance at Loos, 20 Sept.
1915 ; unm.
DEAN, ALBERT HENRY, Stoker, 1st ( lass,
• K. 17103, II.M.S. Aboukir ; lost in action in the
North Sea, 22 Sept. 1914.
Charles William Deadman.
DEAN, CHARLES ALFRED, Stoker. 1st
Class i R.F. R . 2758), 288860, H.M.S. Q ...
Hope ; lost in action olf Coronel, on the coast, of Chili, 1 Nov. 1914.
DEAN, HORACE EDGAR, Electrical Artificer. 1st Class, 345055, H.M.S.
Aboukir ; lost in action in the North Sea, 22 Sept. 1914.
DEAN, WILLIAM HUGH, A.B. (R.F.R . Ch. li. 3924), 179131, H.M.S. Cressv;
lost in action in the North Sea, 22 Sept. 1914.
DEAR, JOHN, Leading Stoker (R.F.R., Ch. B. 4482), 279327, H.M.S. Cressy ;
lost in action in the North Sea, 22 Sept . 1914.
DEARDEN, HERBERT, Private, No. 11435. 3rd Battn. Coldstream Guards,
s. of Herbert Dearden, of 9. Peel Street, Broomhill, by his wife. Alice, dau. of
the late John Hill, of Sheffield; b. Broomhill, Sheffield, 8 Sept. 1884; educ.
Council School there ; enlisted at Sheffield, 4 Sept. 1914, and died of wounds
received in action at Bethune, 10 May, 1915; unm.
DEASE, MAURICE JAMES, V.C., Lieut., 4th Battn. Royal Fusiliers, only
s. of Edmund Fitzlaurcnce Dcase, of Culmullen, Drumree, co. Meath, J.P.,
and grandson of James Arthur Dease, of Turbotston. J.P . l> I,.. Yiee-Lieut. <>t
Cavan ; b. Gaulstown, Coole, co. Westmeath, 28 Sept. 1889 ; educ. Frognal
Park, Hampstead, Stonyhurst College (1903), Army College. Wimbledon,
and Royal .Military College, Sandhurst ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 27 May. 1911»,
Maurice James Dease, V.C.
promoted Lieut. 19 April, 1912, and on the outbreak of war proceeded
with his regt. to France. On 23 Aug. 1914, Lieut. Dease, who was
Machine Gun Officer, was in command of the
section placed to protect the crossing of a
bridge at Nimy, north of Mons. During the
action his position was heavily shelled by the
enemy, all his men being either killed or
incapacitated ; he was several times seriously
wounded, but refused to leave the guns, remain-
ing near and working them until he fell mortally
wounded. For this he was specially mentioned
in F.M. Sir John French’s Despatch of 7 Sept.
and was awarded the Victoria Cross (16 Nov.
1914), the first officer to receive this distinction
in the war. The action is thus officially
described : “ Though two or three times badly
wounded, he continued to control the fire of his
machine guns at Mons on 23 Aug. until all
his men were shot. He died of his wounds.”
His commanding officer wrote: “Lieut. Dease
was wounded, and man after man of his de-
tachment was hit. He appears to have received
a second wound after neglecting a first wound
in the leg ; taking a little time to recover, he
managed to return to the gun and kept it in action. He was then incapacitated
by a third wound. Thus his conduct was heroic indeed, and of the greatest
service in delaying the crossing of the enemy, which it was our object, in
accordance with orders to effect. ... 1 have brought his conspicuous
gallantry to notice.”
CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY, CLAUDE NORMAN, Lieut., 2nd (Queen's
Bays) Dragoon Guards, 5th and yst. s. of Sir Claude Champion «le Crespigny,
of Champion Lodge, Maldon, co. Essex, 4th Bart., by his wife, Georgiana Louisa
Margaret, dau. of the late Robert McKerrell,
Cadet of Hillhoufc ; b. Southsea, 14 June,
1888 ; educ. Hawtry’s, Westgate-on-Sea, and
Cheltenham ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 1st Dragoon
Guards, 2 Feb. 1907 ; promoted Lieut. 1 Jan.
1908, and transferred to the Queen’s Bays,
12 Nov. 1910. He acted as A.D.C. to General
Allenby during the Army Manœuvres of 1913,
ami on the outbreak of war went to France
with the Expeditionary Force. He was killed
in action at Nèry. near Compiégne, France,
1 Sept. 1914. “ The Brigade was hotly engaged,
and on the Bays fell the brunt of the fighting
on 1 Sept. Norman, with a few men, was
holding an important tactical point, and he
held it till every man was killed or wounded.
No man could have done more, few would have
done so much,” wrote General Allenby. He
was mentioned in F.M. Sir John (now Lord)
former Master of the Aldershot Beagles; he was very handy with the gloves,
having boxed in the Army Championships both at home and in India. While
at Sandhurst he won that much coveted trophy '* The Saddle,” and was champion
swimmer at Hawtrey’s. Lieut, de Crespigny m. in London, 7 Sept. 1913, Rose
Olive, only dau. of Capt. Albert Edward Gordon, Roberts' Horse, and a grand-
niece of General Gordon, of Khartoum ; s.p.
Royal Marine L.T., 3rd s. of the Rev. John George
lieed, D.D., Vicar of Nuneaton, co. Warwick,
Canon of Coventry and Rural Dean of Athcr-
stone, by his wife Elizabeth, dau. of William
Snowdon Gard, of Hampstead ; b. St. Albans,
co. Herts, 22 May, 1876 ; educ. St. Albans
Grammar School, and Greenwich College ;
gazetted 2nd Lieut, in the Royal Marines,
1 Feb. 1894 ; promoted Lieut, i Jan. 1895,
and Capt. 10 Oct. 1900. He served in
H.M. ships Alexandra, 16 Jan. 1896-17 Jan
1897, Coast Guard; Royal Arthur, Wallaroo,
and Katoomba, 4 Feb. 1898-6 June, 1901,
Australian Station ; Minotaur, 20 June,
1902-19 Dec. 1902, Portland ; and Vulcan,
22 Dec. 1902-5 Feb. 1905, and Suffolk,
0 Feb. 1905-18 Dec. 1905, Mediterranean
Station ; when he retired and joined the
Reserve of Officers. He subsequently went to
British Columbia, and on the outbreak of war
in Aug. 1914, he was asked to raise and com-
mand the 1st East Kootenay (Fernie) Con-
tingent. He trained and commanded this till
Sept. 1914, when he was ordered to return to England. He rejoined his old corps
at Deal, 10 Oct. 1914. and was posted to H.M.S. Formidable, 10 Nov. 1914, and
was lost when that ship was torpedoed in the Channel, 1 Jan. 1915 ; unm.
C. N. C. de Crespigny.
of 4 Dec. 1914. for irallant
service in the field. A
and polo player, and a
DEED, JOHN CYRIL, Capt.,
John Cyril Deed.
HAMILTON ("Jackie”), Lieut., Battn.
King’s Own Scottish Borderers, eldest s. of
Hamilton Deighton. Superintendent Imperial
Police, Burinali. by his wife, Janet, dau. of
the late Col. John Robertson, of l.iddin?ton
Hall. Guildford. (’.I.E. ; b. Akyab. Burmah,
10 Sept. 1892; educ. Bedford Grammar
School and Bcrkhamstead, and the Royal
Military College, Sandhurst 11 •• passed out of
J the latter in two terms, and was gazetted
2nd Lieut., 4 Sept. 1912, and posted to tin*
1st Battn. at Lucknow, and was promoted
l.ieut., 15 Nov. 1914 While in India he passed
his signalling course at Kasauli and a
port class with honours, and received
Certificate. On the outbreak of war the
was sent to Egypt and then to Rugby,
he passed the one-man range finder, the Vickers
new machine gun. and the explosives of bomb
throwing courses. The Scottish Borderers after-
wards formed part of the Mediterranean Expedi-
tionary Force, and took part in the landing at
V beach. Gallipoli, on 25-26 April, 1915.
Deighton was shot through the lung in the big advance on 4 June, and was taken
to Malta, where he died in the hospital of the Blue Sisters on 18 June, 1915 ; unm.
Frederick H. Deighton.