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Double VC Passchendaele hero honoured by Royal Mint

 
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A reconstruction of the Battle of Passchendaele CREDIT: GETTY
Henry Bodkin
31 JULY 2017 ē 9:14AM
The only British serviceman to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War is to be honoured by the Royal Mint on a commemorative coin.

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps, saved the lives of at least 20 soldiers while tending to the wounded under heavy enemy fire during the battle of The Somme in 1916.

He was subsequently awarded Britainís highest military honour, and a year later was back in the thick of the action at the Third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as Passchendaele.

The Doctor has a genius for picking out those men who were near a breakdown

There, on August 2 1917, the 32-year-old was gravely wounded by artillery fire, but continued caring for casualties until he was eventually taken to a clearing station, where he died two days later.

Chavasse was posthumously awarded a Bar to his Victoria Cross.

Separately, he had already won a Military Cross for bravery in action.

His unique achievement is now being celebrated in a series of special sets of coins being produced by the Royal Mint to marking 100 years since key events in the First World War.

A one-off five pound coin depicts the medic caring for a fallen soldier on the battlefield, with a likeness of his face in the background. ďThe Royal Mint has a long association with the military, having made medals for military campaigns since 1815,Ē said Anne Jessopp, the organisationís Director of Consumer Business.
"We will have made Captain Noel Chavasseís Military Cross, for example, so we are honoured this year to be reflecting on his bravery, and the other poignant First World War themes from 1917, 100 years on.Ē

Commissioned in 1913, Lieutenant Chavasse quickly proved himself to be an officer deeply concerned for the welfare of his men, noted for his sympathetic attitude towards cases of shell shock and self-inflicted wounds.

A regimental historian later wrote: ďThe Doctor has a genius for picking out those men who were near a breakdown, either in nerve or general health, but not yet so run down as to be hospital cases.



Lees verder: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/30/double-victoria-cross-passchendaele-hero-honoured-royal-mint/
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