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WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:32 pm    Post subject: WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY  Reply with quote

Candlelit vigil 100 years after the lamps went out on outbreak of WWI: Services held across country and schoolchildren to visit battlefields to mark Great War centenary

   Last candle to be extinguished at 11pm - exactly 100 years the moment 'lamps went out over Europe' as Britain went to war with Germany in 1914
   Services to be held in London, Glasgow and Belgium on 4 August 2014
   Pupils from every secondary schools to visit battlefields of Europe
   Four-year £50million programme of commemorations planned
   New logo launched for all events and groups marking the centenary

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...t-outbreak-WWI.html#ixzz2WDzhz3JF
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alice
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captain Noel Chavasse was Medical Officer of the 10th (Liverpool Scottish) Battalion, the King's (Liverpool) Regiment, during the first three years of the First World War. He was the only man to win the British Military's highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross, twice during the Great War. Only two other men have achieved this honour, Captain Arthur Martin-Leake who won his first VC during the Anglo-Boer War in 1901 and his second in 1915 during the First World War, both men were in the Royal Army Medical Corp . The second of these men was Captain Charles Upham, a New Zealander serving with 20th Bn, 2nd NZEF (The Canterbury Regiment) who won his first VC as a Second Lieutenant in Crete between 22 and 30 May 1941 and his Bar on 14/15 July 1942 at El Ruweisat Ridge, Western Desert as a Captain. during the Second World War. There is a further connection between these three men that I will explain later.

http://www.chavasse.u-net.com/chavasse.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very brave man indeed!  RIP Noel Chavasse

Noel is buried in Brandhoek's New Military Cemetery. His grave (Plot 3, Grave B15) has had several memorials over the years, the current headstone was erected on 28th April 1981. It is the only headstone in the world to have two Victoria Crosses engraved on it. The inscription "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" was selected by his father. This cemetary is looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who do such a wonderful job in many countries of the world. Noel's medals were given on permanent loan to the Imperial War Museum in February 1990 in the presence of HM the Queen Mother, and they can be seen there in the Victoria and George Cross gallery.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread Alice, very interesting to read of this brave mans life in such detail.

here is the Noel Chevasse Monument in Abercrombie Square by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphey
All V.C. holders , in excess of 20., with Liverpool connections, are commemorated also with their names enscribed around the base

His dads house was just out of shot to the right


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brainbox wrote:
Great thread Alice, very interesting to read of this brave mans life in such detail.

here is the Noel Chevasse Monument in Abercrombie Square by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphey
All V.C. holders , in excess of 20., with Liverpool connections, are commemorated also with their names enscribed around the base

His dads house was just out of shot to the right



Thanks B.B., that is a wonderful tribute to Noel Chavasse.  Nice to see some wreaths as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Alice its on the main thoroughfare through the University Campus so many visitors to our city ill be aware of the heroism of these brave men
Correction to the above pic text It was Fifteen other Liverpool VC holders who are commemorated on the statue, but there were many many more Holders of the Victoria Cross that had strong links with the city too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes Alice its on the main thoroughfare through the University Campus so many visitors to our city ill be aware of the heroism of these brave men
Correction to the above pic text It was Fifteen other Liverpool VC holders who are commemorated on the statue, but there were many many more Holders of the Victoria Cross that had strong links with the city too.


I was going to say that although it is in a very fitting place, perhaps more people would have seen it at the pier head.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alice wrote:
brainbox wrote:
Yes Alice its on the main thoroughfare through the University Campus so many visitors to our city ill be aware of the heroism of these brave men
Correction to the above pic text It was Fifteen other Liverpool VC holders who are commemorated on the statue, but there were many many more Holders of the Victoria Cross that had strong links with the city too.


I was going to say that although it is in a very fitting place, perhaps more people would have seen it at the pier head.


I think the location is fitting as it is sited just yards from the Family home
Tom Murphey has in fact sculptured many of the recent additions to the Pier Head collection of War Memorials  and very good they are too
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is beautiful B.B.

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