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    LIVERPOOL'S most courageous son has been immortalised in a new book written by a former army chief.

    Noel Chavasse, one of only three soldiers to be awarded two Victoria Crosses, stands out among distinguished fellow VC recipients because of his extraordinary decency and valour in the bloody battlefields of World War I.

    The heroic tales of 15 Victoria Cross winners are told by former SAS soldier and Gulf War commander General Sir Peter de la Billiere, whose book is published on September 23.

    A member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Chavasse served at the battle of the Somme in 1916 where he carried a badly injured soldier 500 yards to safety while suffering from wounds himself.

    It was that act of bravery which earned Chavasse his first Victoria Cross.

    He won his second VC - although he told no-one in his battalion that he had been awarded the first - at Passchendaele.

    Despite being hit twice in the head by shrapnel, Chavasse remained at his post, going out at night aided by a captured German medic to search for the badly wounded.

    At 3am on August 2, 1917, he was seriously injured when a shell destroyed the dugout in which he was sheltering.

    The medic, whose father wasa Bishop of Liverpool and twin brother Christopher was Bishop of Rochester, managed to get to battalion headquarters and was operated on that morning.

    But his condition worsened and one of his final acts was to dictate a letter to his fiancee Gladys telling her that "duty called, and duty must be obeyed".

    He died aged 33. His family's grief and anguish was tinged with pride by the news he would be awarded a bar to his Victoria Cross posthumously.

    General de la Billiere said: "Noel Chavasse never killed anyone, nor did he even firea shot in anger.

    "Altogether, he saved the lives of some 20 badly-wounded men, besides the ordinary cases, which passed through his hands.

    "His courage and self-sacrifice were beyond praise."


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    THE future of a statue commemorating one of Liverpool's bravest sons was looking bleak today.



    Campaigners hoping to create a lasting monument to double VC winner Noel Chavasse say they are still at least 65,000 shy of their 105,000 target.

    An appeal was launched last November, with a pledge from developer the Windsor Group it would match-fund money raised.

    The completed statue, by sculptor Tom Murphy, to be sited in city centre Abercromby Square would not just be a tribute to Chavasse - the only man a warded two Victoria Crosses during World War I - but a permanent memorial to all 15 Liverpool-born VC holders.

    When the appeal was launched, it was hoped the statue would be unveiled at the start of this month, marking the 90th anniversary of the award of Captain Chavasse's first VC.

    The predicted 105,000 cost should pay for the statue, with extra money needed for a plaque to the other VC winners.

    But so far only around 40,000, including "significant" funding from the Windsor Group, has been raised.

    Bill Sergeant, chairman of the Noel Chavasse VC Memorial Association, said: "We've had a full-size model made and waiting to be cast in bronze. But that means coming up with the rest of the money and we don't have it."

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    A LIVERPOOL soldier awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War is to be commemorated on a new stamp. more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    A LIVERPOOL soldier awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War is to be commemorated on a new stamp. more

    This is excellent news. I can recall a heated discussion I had on SSC with a person who claimed Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, RAMC only received his double VC because he was "Posh". Have never taken this clown seriously since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouserdave View Post
    This is excellent news. I can recall a heated discussion I had on SSC with a person who claimed Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, RAMC only received his double VC because he was "Posh". Have never taken this clown seriously since.
    Ha ha! I remember it well, squire!


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    Dave, how are you?
    Been on Ebay recently?

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