Capt Noel Chavasse VC & Bar RAMC
(1884-1917)

Died aged c. 33

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC & Bar, MC (9 November 1884 – 4 August 1917) was a British medical doctor, Olympic athlete, and British Army officer from the Chavasse family. He is one of only three people to be awarded a Victoria Cross twice. The Battle of Guillemont was to see acts of heroism by Captain Chavasse, the only man to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. In 1916, Chavasse was hit by shell splinters while rescuing men in no-man's land. It is said he got as close as 25 yards to the German line, where he found three men and continued throughout the night under a constant rain of sniper bullets and bombing. He performed similar heroics in the early stages of the offensive at Passchendaele in August 1917 to gain a second VC and become the most highly decorated British officer of the First World War. Although operated upon, he was to die of his wounds two days later in 1917.

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Captain Noel Chavasse, Royal Army Medical Corps VC and BAR, 1884-1917, was born in Oxford and attended this school

Magdalen College School, Cowley Place, Oxford, United Kingdom where he attended school

Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar 1884-1917 Royal Army Medical Corps hero lived here

19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool, United Kingdom where he lived

The paving slab below was unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire on 9 August 2016 in honour of Captain Noel G Chavasse VC and Bar, MC, as part of a nationwide programme of honour Victoria Cross winners of the First World War. Noel Chavasse was born on 9 November 1884 at 36 New Inn Hall Street and baptised in the church of St Peter-le-Bailey, now the chapel of St Peter's College. He was the only person to receive the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. His identical twin brother, Christopher, was the first Master of St Peter's (1929-1939).

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