Noel Chavasse VC & Bar

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  1. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Cheers Jonathan.
    Rob - don't you just hate that when someone beats you to it by 1 minute!
     
  2. Assam

    Assam Senior Member

    What I find intereting about Chavase is that a cousin of his was the only man to win 2 VC's in WW2(of course being Charles Upham)

    Regards

    Simon
     
  3. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Cheers Jonathan.
    Rob - don't you just hate that when someone beats you to it by 1 minute!

    At least it shows that several of us are looking.:) Jonathan's photo is actually better than the one I found.
     
  4. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    He was also awarded the MC. Attached photo and citation copy.
     

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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Nice post topic Gents, we better be careful as WW1 is slowly creeping in on this forum!!!:D

    My brother took this photo of a photo in the Union Jack Club bar in 2009.
    :poppy:
     

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  6. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  7. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    This is a piece on his "older" twin brother whose son won the MC in ww2.

    What a family!

    Noel was killed, what could he have become?

    Worth a read on Wikipedia below!

    Christopher Chavasse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Christopher Maude Chavasse OBE MC ED (9 November 1884 – 10 March 1962) was a British athlete, soldier, and religious leader. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, served in the First World War, and was later Bishop of Rochester.

    Pre-war

    Chavasse was the son of Francis James Chavasse, Bishop of Liverpool and founder of St Peter's College, Oxford. His twin brother, Noel Godfrey Chavasse,[1] won the Victoria Cross and bar. Christopher was the elder of the two by 20 minutes. The twins had two other brothers and three sisters.
    Both Christopher and Noel Chavasse attended Trinity College, Oxford, competing in both rugby and athletics. They competed on the British team at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London: Christopher came second in his preliminary heat of the 400 metres shortly after Noel came third in his heat of the same event. Neither advanced to the semi-finals.
     
  8. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    There is a big family grave/memorial in Bromsgrove, there are several family members commemorated, including his fiancee (his uncle lived nearby and Noel spent summers with the family). I have some photos somewhere.
     
  9. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

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  10. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Well found Geoff.
     
  11. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    And nearby is a private headstone CWGC grave of Captain Marsden, who died in 1920. Also a medical man.
     

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  12. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

    What I find intereting about Chavase is that a cousin of his was the only man to win 2 VC's in WW2(of course being Charles Upham)

    Regards

    Simon

    yes, Noel and Charles where both one of twins

    and

    Noel when dying from his wounds was cared for in the Field Hospital commanded by Col Martin-Leake VC and bar
     
  13. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    This seems to be the association between Chavasse & Upham.

    From: Guestbook: page 1 : Prescot Roll of Honour

    Charles UPHAM's aunt (by his marriage to Mollie McTamney), was the wife of a second cousin of Noel CHAVASSE.
     
  14. andalucia

    andalucia Senior Member

  15. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    BBC NEWS 9 August 2014
    Noel Chavasse: World War One: Liverpool medics honour

    More than 50 army reserve medics from Liverpool will pay tribute later to Captain Noel Chavasse, who won the Victoria Cross twice.
    The medics from 208 (Liverpool) Field Hospital will hold a service at his memorial in Abercromby Square at 16:00 BST, recalling his death in 1917.
    It takes place on the nearest Saturday the anniversary of his death, 4 August
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28708172
     
  16. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks for posting Lesley, an incredible man. :poppy:
     
  17. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Does anyone know if the he will be having two of the WW1 V.C. commemorative paving stones put in place under the British Government scheme?
     
  18. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Thanks for posting Lesley

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  19. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day soren1941.m.12th jan.2009 10:58.pm.re:noal chavasse vc and bar.thank you for a great post. of heroism beyond the call of duty.he was a true hero.may he rest in peace.regards bernard85 :poppy: :poppy: :poppy:
     
  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    There was a discussion on another forum about the Victoria Cross and which award members would like to hold or even own. Noel Chavasse was certainly my choice, but I was far from alone in this decision.
     

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