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Chavasse , Noel Willinc

Date of birth:
April 11th, 1920
Date of death:
1974
Service number:
174749
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Major Noel Willinc Chavasse MBE MC was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment in 1939 and later served with the 8th Army. His father (OBE, MC, TD) was the Bishop of Rochester and a great friend of Field Marshal Montgomery, who’s Staff Chavasse joined as Monty's personal ADC Staff Officer and would serve on during the Normandy campaign and the early post war years. His uncle N.G. Chavasse won the Victoria Cross and Bar with the RAMC during WW1.

Promotions:
1 March, 1941: 2nd Lieutenant
17 January, 1945: Lieutenant
11 April, 1947: Captain
5 July, 1947: commission resigned with honorary rank of Major
20 January, 1959: commissioned as Lieutenant in the Army Cadet Forces - Kincardine
1 november 1959: Commission resigned

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) (Rochester, Kent).
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1943
Recommendation:
"During the Battles of Mareth and the Gabes Gap this Officer displayed great courage and devotion to duty. He carried out his duties of L.O. all over the Battle area, at times under heavy fire and in heavily mined areas. He never faltered and his services were outstanding, he was an inspiration to others and contributed in no small way to the success of the Highland Division."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
The Middlesex Regiment (Tine Duke of Cambridge's Own)
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1945
Air Medal (AM)
Recommendation:
"Noel Willinic Chavasse MC Captain 1/7 Middlesex, British Army, for Meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights in Italy from 1 October to 31 December 1943. As a General Staff Officer Headquarters Eight Army, Captain Chavasse flew across the high mountains of Italy in order to bring to the Commanding General Eight Army, a prompt and accurate report of the progress and tactical position of American Fifth Army operating to the left of the British. In spite of weather obstacles and conditions of combat, not once did Captain Chavasse fail to return on schedule with vital information that was of material aid in welding the two great Armies into a potent Allied Force."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
The Middlesex Regiment (Tine Duke of Cambridge's Own)
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1946
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With "8th ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star

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