CHAVASSE, Noel Godfrey (Reg. No. 207)
Captain Royal Army Medical Corps attchd 1/10th Battalion The King's (Liverpool) Regiment
London Gazetted on 26th October 1916 and 14th September.1917 (Bar)
Born on 9th November 1884 at Oxford
Died on 4th August 1917 (Of wounds)Near Ypres, Belgium
Memorials on grave at Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium; Headquarters of Liverpool Scottish and at Liverpool Cathedral.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 9 August 1916, at Guillemont, France, Captain Chavasse attended to the wounded all day under heavy fire, frequently in view of the enemy, and during the night he continued searching for wounded in front of the enemy lines. Next day under heavy shell fire he and a stretcher bearer carried an urgent case 500 yards to safety, being wounded himself during the journey. The same night with 20 volunteers, he rescued three wounded men from a shell hole 36 yards from enemy trenches, buried the bodies of two officers and collected many identity discs. Altogether he save the lives of some 20 wounded men.
Bar Citation reads
During the period 31 July to 2 August 1917 at Wieltje, Belgium, Captain Chavasse, although severely wounded early in the action while carrying a wounded officer to the dressing station, refused to leave his post and in addition to his normal duties, went out repeatedly under heavy fire to attend the wounded.During this time, although practically without food, worn with fatigue and faint from his wound, he helped to carry in badly wounded men, being instrumental in saving many who would otherwise have Died on under the bad weather conditions. Captain Chavasse subsequently Died on of his wounds.
MARTIN-LEAKE, Arthur (Reg. No. 727)
Surgeon Captain (later Lieut. Colonel) South African Constabulary then The Royal Army Medical Corps attchd to 5th Field Ambulance. London Gazetted on 13th May 1902 and 18th February 1915 (BAR) Born on: 4th April 1874 at Standen, Nr. Ware Herts. Died on: 22nd June 1953 at Ware, HertfordshireMemorial at:A plaque in St Mary's Church and grave in High Cross Churchyard, Ware ,, Herts. Digest of Citation reads: On 8 February 1902, at Vlakfontein, South Africa, Surgeon-Captain Martin-Leake went out into the firing line to dress a wounded man under very heavy enemy fire only 100 yards off. He then attended a badly wounded officer and while doing so was shot himself. He only gave up when thoroughly exhausted and then refused water until other wounded men had been served.
Citation for BAR reads: During the period 29 October to 8 November 1914 near Zonnebeke, Belgium, Lieutenant Martin-Leake showed most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in rescuing , whilst exposed to constant fire, a large number of the wounded who were lying close to the enemy's trenches.
UPHAM, Charles Hazlitt. (Reg. No.1246)
Second Lieutenant (later Captain) 20th Battalion 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (Canterbury Regt.)
London Gazetted on 14th October 1941 and 26th September 1945 (BAR)
Born on: 21st September 1908 at Christchurch N.Z.
Died on: 21st November 1994 at Christchurch N.Z.
Memorials at: HQ Dunedin RSA and in the Quadrangle of Christ's College, Christchurch, N.Z.
Digest of Citation reads:
Between 22and 30 May 1941 in Crete, Second Lieutenant Upham displayed outstanding leadership and courage in the very close quarter fighting. He was blown up by one mortar shell and badly wounded by another. He was also wounded in thew foot, but in spite of his wounds and a severe attack of dysentery he refused to go to hospital . He carried a wounded man back to safety when his company was forced to retire on 22 May and on 30 May he beat off an attack at Sphakia, 22 Germans falling to his short-range fire.
Citation for BAR reads:
On 14/15 July 1942 at El Ruweisat Ridge, Western Desert, Captain Upham, in spite of being twice wounded, insisted on remaining with his men . Just before dawn he led his company in a detrermined attack, capturing the objective after fierce fighting; he himself destroyed a German tank and several guns and vehicles with hand grenades. Although his arm had been broken by a machine-gun bullet,.he continued to dominate the situation and when at last, weak from loss of blood, he had his wounds dressed. he immediately returned to his men , remaining with them until he was again severely wounded and was unable to move.Holders Of Victoria Cross and Bar
Each of the following have been awarded the Victoria Cross Twice