Unique IDCWGC/8/1/4/1/2/112
File NumberCCM37852
TitleLieutenant FRANK ALEXANDER DE PASS - BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY - 34th Prince Albert Victor's Own Poona Horse

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DescriptionFile of correspondence concerning the grave of Lieutenant Frank Alexander de Pass, VC, in Bethune Town Cemetery, France. Main topics include: enquiry from next of kin regarding the condition of the grave; request from next of kin regarding the addition of a personal inscription and engravement of a Victoria Cross in place of a religious emblem on the headstone; correspondence from next of kin regarding request to place a poppy wreath on Lieutenant de Pass’s grave on his date of death (25 November) and Christmas Day; enquiry from next of kin regarding the condition of the grave after the end of the Second World War.
Content NoteIncludes: Handwritten letter from E. de Pass, father of the casualty, to the Directorate Graves Registration and Enquiries (DGRE) requesting information about the condition of the grave, dated 19 May 1917; letter from the DGRE to E. de Pass explaining that a permanent headstone, as well as the usual Jewish memorial, were erected in place of the temporary headstone, dated 31 July 1917; handwritten letter from E. de Pass to the DGRE enquiring as to where public funds for the upkeep of soldiers’ graves could be supplied, dated 1 August 1917; copy letter from E. de Pass to Major-General Fabian Ware requesting that a Victoria Cross be engraved on the headstone in place of the religious emblem, and that a line from a poem by Rupert Brooke, a childhood friend of the casualty, be included in the personal inscription, dated 18 June 1921; handwritten letter from Mrs. Beatrice de Pass, mother of the casualty, to the IWGC enquiring whether the headstone marking her son’s grave would be erected by 18 May 1923 as she planned to visit the cemetery on that date, dated 8 May 1923; internal note regarding a request from Mrs. de Pass that a wreath be placed on Lieutenant de Pass’s grave on Christmas Day, dated 26 November 1935; handwritten letters from Mrs. de Pass to the IWGC regarding further requests to place wreaths of Haig Poppies on the grave on 25 November and Christmas Day, dated 31 October 1936 and 12 November 1937; letter from Lieutenant-Colonel J.A. de Pass, brother of the casualty, to the IWGC Secretary enquiring whether the grave of Lieutenant de Pass’s survived the Second World War in view of the heavy fighting and bombing in that area, dated 1 November 1945; letter from the IWGC Secretary informing Lieutenant Colonel J.A. de Pass that his brother’s grave was found in clean and tidy condition and planted with roses, nepeta, and fuchsia, dated 14 February 1946.
Date28/11/1916 - 24/07/1964
Extent1 file
ArchNoteRepackaged by Michael Davis (Trainee Archivist) on 28/10/2019.
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