Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar; MC

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar; MC
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Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Captain Chavasse earned a Victoria Cross (VC) and Bar during the First World War. He was one of only three men to have twice been awarded the VC: the highest decoration for bravery under enemy fire.

He was awarded his first VC for his bravery in treating wounded men whilst under fire at Guillemont in France on 9 August 1916.

Chavasse earned the Bar to his VC for rescuing casualties from the battlefield at Passchendaele, Belgium, between 31 July and 2 August 1917.

He was fatally wounded on 2 August 1917 and died two days later on 4 August – three years after the outbreak of the war.

Noel Chavasse was the son of the Bishop of Liverpool. One of his brothers, Aidan, was also killed during the war. Noel’s twin brother, Christopher; their brother Bernard; and sister May all served during the war.

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