02 Oct 2008 • 2,005 views
Captain Noel Chavasse VC & Bar, MC, RAMC
A couple of my posts have referred to Chavasse Park down by the Albert Dock in Liverpool. A few months ago a statue was unveiled to the man after whom the park was named, one of Liverpool's military heroes.
The sculpture commemorates the life and deeds of Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC & Bar MC, RAMC, Medical Officer to the 10th Battalion (Liverpool Scottish) King's Liverpool Regiment . It also celebrates fifteen other recipients of the Victoria Cross who were born in Liverpool.
Captain Chavasse, son of the second Bishop of Liverpool, was the only man to be awarded two Victoria Crosses during World War 1. The first was for bravery under intense fire rescuing some twenty men at Guillemont on the Somme in 1916. The second was awarded posthumously for his bravery in rescuing more soldiers in very dangerous and difficult conditions during the third battle of Ypes, Paschendale. It was here that he finally succumbed and subsequently died of his wounds received in Flanders fields.
The sculpture was erected by the Noel Chavasse VC Memorial Association with the support of many ordinary citizens of Merseyside and beyond who acknowledge the bravery of men such as these. It is not intended to glorify war but rather show the suffering, sacrifice and incredible valour which war demands and will always demand.
The sculptor is a local man, Tom Murphy, who has several other statues around the city.
Also listed on the statue are the names of the other Merseyside VCs.
A slideshow of more details of the sculpture and the names of the VCs may be found on my Flickr site
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