Medals of Captain Noel Chavasse VC in the Lord Ashcroft collection at the @imperialwarmuseums. He is only one of three people to have been awarded the Victoria Cross twice, hence the VC and bar, and the only one during the First World War. During the War Chavasse served in the Royal Army Medical Corps until his death on the 4th of August 1917, and is now buried in the Brandhoek Military Cemetery at Ypres. His first VC was awarded for actions at Guillemont on the 9th of August 1916. The full citation reads: ‘For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
During an attack he tended the wounded in the open all day, under heavy fire, frequently in view of the enemy. During the ensuing night he searched for wounded on the ground in front of the enemy's lines for four hours. Next day he took one stretcher-bearer to the advanced trenches, and under heavy shell fire carried an urgent case for 500 yards into safety, being wounded in the side by a shell splinter during the journey. The same night he took up a party of twenty volunteers, rescued three wounded men from a shell hole twenty-five yards from the enemy's trench, buried the bodies of two officers, and collected many identity discs, although fired on by bombs and machine guns. Altogether he saved the lives of some twenty badly wounded men, besides the ordinary cases which passed through his hands. His courage and self-sacrifice, were beyond praise.’ His bar was awarded for the period 31st of July-2nd of August for actions at Wieljte in Belgium. Part of the citation reads: ‘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.’