Noel Chavasse to be remembered in new coin

Noel Chavasse to be remembered in new coin

Monday, July 31, 2017

Capt Noel Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, the only man to win the Victoria Cross twice during World War I, will be commemorated by the Royal Mint in a brand new £5 coin.

The coin is being issued as part of a series remembering the First World War.

Captain Chavasse, whose identical twin brother, Christopher, was later the first Master of St Peter's, served as a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps attached to the Liverpool Scottish Regiment.

He won the Military Cross at Hooge in May 1915, and the Victoria Cross at Guillemont in August 1916. He was famous for his dedication to the wellbeing of his men and his bravery when rescuing wounded soldiers from no-man's land. He made several innovations in the methods and procedures for the medical care of soldiers, and took progressive steps to help men suffering from the mental pressures of trench warfare. 

Noel Chavasse was seriously wounded by a shell on 2 August 1917 while attending to wounded men in no-man's land during the Battle of Passchendaele. He subsequently died on the 4 August and was buried at Brandhoek military cemetery.

St Peter's celebrated the role played by all the members of the Chavasse family in World War I with a series of events held in 2016 and 2017.

The medals of the Chavasse family are on display in the chapel, along with the original wooden grave cross originally used to mark Noel’s grave in Belgium. His portrait hangs in the college dining hall. A selection of Noel's letters are available to read here.