Captain Noel Chavasse's medals on display
First World War hero's VC and Bar medal group
31 July 2017 to 5 January 2018
Courtesy of the Lord Ashcroft Collection © IWM
The medals of Captain Noel Chavasse, VC, the only serviceman to be awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) twice during the First World War, are on display at Museum of Liverpool to mark the centenary of Captain Chavasse's death on 4 August 1917. It is the first time this important medal group, on loan from Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, have gone on public display in Liverpool, the family’s home town from 1900.
Noel Chavasse © IWM
The name ‘Chavasse’ is forever associated with heroism and courage thanks to the actions of Noel, and other members of his family, during the First World War. In unimaginably appalling conditions, Captain Chavasse saved the lives of many of his men, losing his own as a consequence in 1917. This group of medals tells a powerful story of the extremes of human sacrifice.
The medals, usually on display at the Imperial War Museum, are returning to Liverpool as a highlight in a citywide programme of events, including:
- Monday 31 July - Free talks at the Museum of Liverpool about the life and times of Chavasse and the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The talks will mark the centenary of the first day of Ypres and give visitors a fuller understanding of the significance of the medals. Real and replica items from the First World War handling collection will also be available, giving visitors some insight into life on the Front.
- On Friday 4 August at 12.45pm, exactly 100 years to the day that Noel died, members of The Liverpool Scottish Regimental Association and 208 Field Hospital will hold a short service at the Chavasse Memorial in Abercromby Square. All are welcome to attend.
- Also on display at the Museum until 1 September, are stained glass windows, commissioned by the Chavasse family in memory of ‘those who died’ and ‘those who served’ during the First World War.
- There will be two significant civic events in August to mark 100 years since the death of Noel Chavasse. A Commemorative Paving Stone will be unveiled at Abercromby Square on Tuesday 29 August, followed by a re-creation of his Memorial Service at Liverpool Parish Church, a century to the day after it took place.
"Noel Chavasse was a courageous medical doctor whose selfless actions saved many lives. He was completely devoted to his duty and in his own words as he lay dying, he wrote “Duty called and called me to obey”. He had been set for a brilliant career in medicine, but instead he became one of the most extraordinary soldiers Britain has ever seen, winning the Victoria Cross twice and that is why Liverpool is incredibly proud of him." Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy
Noel Chavasse’s medals are part of the Lord Ashcroft Collection on display at IWM London.
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