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
"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
"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)
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images from Matt's visit.