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  • Name: Noel Godfrey CHAVASSE
  • D.O.B: 9th November, 1884
  • D.O.A: 2nd August, 1917
  • D.O.D: 4th August, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached 1/10th Battalion (Liverpool Scottish), The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), 166th Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division (TF)

Near Wieltje, Belgium 31 July-2 August 1917

31 July-2 August 1917

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The First World War 1917 

In the advance to the Steenbeek on 31 July 1917, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, the 55th Division was around Wieltje, north-east of Ypres, just to the south of the 39th Division. In the fighting that followed, Captain N G Chavasse VC set up his first aid post in a captured German dugout at Setques Farm and was injured by a shell splinter in the head. However he returned to his post, and though wounded twice more in the head the following day refused to go back to be treated. At about 3.00am on 2 August 1917, another shell hit the aid post, killing or seriously injuring everyone there. Captain Chavasse was badly wounded in the stomach. He was evacuated to Brandhoek, west of Ypres, where he was operated on and all the shell splinters removed but he died on 4 August 1917.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in action. Though severely wounded early in the action whilst carrying a wounded soldier to the Dressing Station, Capt. Chavasse refused to leave his post, and for two days not only continued to perform his duties, but in addition went out repeatedly under heavy fire to search for and attend to the wounded who were lying out. During these searches, although practically without food during this period, worn with fatigue and faint with his wound, he assisted to carry in a number of badly wounded men, over heavy and difficult ground. By his extraordinary energy and inspiring example, he was instrumental in rescuing many wounded who would have otherwise undoubtedly succumbed under the bad weather conditions. This devoted and gallant officer subsequently died of his wounds. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 14 September 1917. 14 September 1917, Numb. 30284, p. 9531

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