Full name: Felix Lucien Roger Debax
Born: September 28, 1864 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France
Died: August 25, 1914 in Saint-Maurice, Gussainville, Meuse, France
Felix Debax competed in individual foil at the 1900 Paris Olympics, finishing fourth. He had enlisted in 1882, studying at lâÃcole Speciale Militaire de Saint-Cry. After graduation he was quickly promoted, joining the 57e RÃ©giment dâInfanterie as a lieutenant in February 1888. In 1889 he became a captain and also started serving as an instructor at lâÃcole Normale de Gymnastique, serving there through 1901, except for two years in the infantry. He received numerous awards during his early military service, including being named an officer of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog in 1898, an officer of the French Order des Palmes Academiques the same year, a knight of the Swedish Order of the Sword in 1900, an officer of the Turkish Order of Osmanieh in 1900, a knight of the Spanish Order of Isabella the Catholic and a first-class member of the Order of Military Merit in 1901, and in 1908, he was appointed a Chevalier of the French Legion dâHonneur and received the French Medalle Militaire. Debax also wrote several books on teaching gymnastics and bayonet combat.
In June 1908, Debax became chef de bataillon of the 19e RÃ©giment dâInfanterie, but was transferred to the 14e RÃ©giment dâInfanterie in 1909. The regiment was mobilized in August 1914, at which time he was transferred to the command of the 240e RÃ©giment dâInfanterie. Debax was killed while fighting at Saint-Maurice-sous-les-CÃ´teson 25 August 1914, receiving rifle fire from a German infantry command. The Rue Felix Debax in Blagnac near Toulouse was named in his honor.
|1900 Summer||35||Paris||Fencing||Men's Foil, Individual||France||FRA||4|
|1900 Summer||35||Paris||Fencing||France||FRA||Final Pool||4||1900-05-21||4||3|
|1900 Summer||35||Paris||Fencing||France||FRA||Quarter-Finals||Bout #1||AC||1900-05-16||Debax (FRA) advanced, Renaud (FRA) advanced||advanced|
|1900 Summer||35||Paris||Fencing||France||FRA||Round One||Bout #1||AC||Debax (FRA) advanced, de Gor (ESP) advanced||advanced|