Chavasse Double VC

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Chavasse Double VC: The highly acclaimed biography of the only man to win two Victoria Crosses during the Great War by Ann Clayton.

Many heroes emerged during the First World War, but only one man was twice awarded the Victoria Cross 'For Valour'. This was Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as Medical Officer to the 10th battalion, the King's (Liverpool Regiment) - the Liverpool Scottish.

The author has unearthed a forgotten archive of his letters from the Front; she has also been allowed complete access to Chavasse family correspondence, photographs and other documents, most of them in private hands and never before published.

The result is a fascinating study of a man who, while typical in almost every way of the Victorian Edwardian middle class from whence he came, stands out for his simple courage and unflinching devotion to duty.

The narrative follows Noel Chavasse from his birth (with a twin brother, Christopher) in 1884, to his education and maturity in Oxford and Liverpool. while Noel grew up and qualified as a doctor, his father became Bishop P.J. Chavasse of Liverpool  and embarked on the building of the largest and last twentieth century cathedral in the Anglican world.

The courageous story of Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, is one that all, who wonder at the sacrifice and bravery shown by so many young men during that most terrible of wars, should read.


Format: Paperback, 261 pages

Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.5 x 2cm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

ISBN: 1-84415-511-0


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