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Double VC winner's letter sold
The letter sent from Captain Noel Chavasse
Captain Noel Chavasse wrote about his pride in fighting for his country
A First World War hero's letter from the trenches has been sold at auction for more than 1,000.

The son of the Bishop of Liverpool, Captain Noel Chavasse, became the most decorated serviceman in British military history, winning the VC twice.

The army medic was killed while serving with the 10th (Liverpool Scottish) Battalion of the King's Regiment.

The letter was not in mint condition and was sent to a friend of Chavasse's said auctioneer John Crane.

Great honour

In the letter, dated June 1916 and addressed to "my dear Tomlinson", Chavasse wrote: "I have been out 19 months now, and have never had a day's sickness, but all the other officers who came out with us in Oct 1914 have gone, either dead, wounded or sick."

He also thanks his friend for "praying for my safety" and wrote about how proud he felt fighting for his country.

"I am glad to think that we are not only fighting for England but are also fighting to stop a swinish nation making slaves of us all and are protecting the weak against the strong."

John Crane, of Liverpool-based auctioneers Cato Crane, said: "It was a great honour to have the opportunity to sell a letter from a man who means so much to the people of Liverpool".

The letter was sold at auction to a private bidder for 1,040.

The captain's first Victoria Cross award came after he saved 20 lives by tending to casualties in front of German trenches at Guillemot, on the Somme, in August 1916.

The second was bestowed after he died, aged 32, at Ypres in 1917.


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