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Dr Matt Lynch makes personal pilgrimage to the grave of Noel Chavasse

03 July 2012

Dr Matt Lynch provided medical cover for the Help for Heroes European Rally 2012. Here he shares his own account of a personal pilgrimage he was able to make to the grave of Captain Noel Chavasse.

"As well as being an Accident and Emergency Specialist in Macclesfield District General Hospital I am a Major in the Territorial Army Unit of 208 (Liverpool) Field Hospital, and have completed two tours of duty in the Emergency Department of the Hospital in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The most recent of these being Herrick 15A, from early October 2011 to late January 2012.

"I took part on the Rally this year and last year as my way of helping the soldiers as their rehabilitation continues, as my duty in Camp Bastion helped in the very early stages after wounding.

"Whist on the Rally I took some time out to lay a wreath on the grave of Captain Noel Chavasse an Army Doctor who served with the Liverpool Regiments in the First World War and is our units adopted military historical figure - indeed, our unit is lucky and proud to be the custodians of his sword.

"Noel Chavasse is one of the few to have been awarded the VC and Bar, and that along with his MC made him the most decorated soldier of the First World War.

"His brother's name, Lt. A Chavasse, is inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial ."

Click here to see more images from Matt's visit.