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BBC remembers Noel Chavasse VC and Bar MC

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, the BBC aired a piece Friday night on Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, MC twin brother of St Peter's first Master, Christopher Chavasse, and the only man to win the Victoria Cross twice in World War I.

Presenter Stuart Tinworth visited St Peter's along with military historian, Jon Cooksey, to film in the chapel, which is where Noel Chavasse was baptised on 29 December 1884 and where the temporary wooden cross that once marked his grave in Brandhoek, Belgium, now hangs.

Noel Chavasse won his first Victoria Cross at the Battle of Guillemont, part of the larger Battle of the Somme, which itself raged from 1 July to 18 November 2016. He was posthumously awarded his second Victoria Cross almost a year later for his actions at Wieltje, Belgium.

St Peter's is honouring the role played by members of the Chavasse family, its founders, throughout 2016 and 2017.

BBC remembers Noel Chavasse VC and Bar MC