Liverpool Cathedral – Chavasse family commemorations

16 August 2017 | Pamela Linden

As Liverpool Cathedral continues its series of exhibitions to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War the Archive team will be looking to celebrate the Chavasse family in 2017.

On 4th July 1917 Aidan Chavasse was killed in action and died in Belgium. He was a First Lieutenant in the British Army, King’s (Liverpool Regiment), 17th Battalion. He was missing in action after the battle and his body was never found despite searches by his brother Francis and other officers.  He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

On August 4th 1917, Noel Chavasse son of the Bishop of Liverpool lost his life. Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC & Bar, MC was a British medical doctor, Olympic athlete, and British Army officer from the Chavasse family. He is one of only three people to be awarded a Victoria Cross twice.

To commemorate the Chavasse family we will be holding several events in the Cathedral.


Tuesday, 29th August 2017. Assemble 10:30 for 11:00. Unveiling of Paving Stone commemorating second Victoria Cross award of Captain Noel Chavasse – Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool Precinct, L69 7ZG. Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside and Lord Mayor of Liverpool. Liverpool Scottish Regimental Association Pipe Band and Liverpool Welsh Choral

Tuesday, 29th August 2017. Service commences 14:00  time to be confirmed – Service of Commemoration for Captain Noel Chavasse and the Liverpool Scottish – Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas, Pier Head (Liverpool Parish Church) 5 Old Church Yard, Liverpool L2 8GW. This service takes place on the exact centenary and in the same church as the 1917 memorial service for Noel Chavasse and those of the Liverpool Scottish who died in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge 31st July – 3rd August 1917

Tuesday, 29th August 2017. Commence 21:30 (Time to be confirmed) Last Light Vigil – Statue of Noel Chavasse (Liverpool VCs Memorial) Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool Precinct, L69 7ZG, Sponsored by 208 Field Hospital RAMC. It is understood that this is of the form of a Last Post ceremony The Liverpool Scottish Regimental Association Pipes and Drums will be represented.

September 12th – October 8th an exhibition “Celebrating the Chavasse family” will be on display in the Memorial Chapel.

Friday, Saturday: September 15th 16th:  A drama presentation “Brothers in Arms” the story of Noel and Christopher Chavasse, twin sons of the Bishop of Liverpool. Tickets will be available shortly £3 There will be access to the exhibition before the drama. Doors will open at 18.10; performance at 19.30 in the Well.

 Monday: September 18th:  An evening of Conversation in conjunction with Liverpool University Continuing Education. Lady Chapel 18.30 Dr Fiona Reid highlights the way in which soldiers recognized the signs of mental trauma and tried to support in each other in ways that were not always effective but were based on compassion and understanding. Free admission. No booking required

Thursday September 21st, 28th:10.00 – 15.00 booking essential £5

The Chavasse experience” Join us for these workshops looking at the life of Noel Chavasse. The Education team will lead workshops for adults. The workshops will include a WW1 trail of the Cathedral, a presentation on the life of Noel Chavasse and the opportunity to create a piece of BookArt and an informative booklet to take away. Please provide your own lunch. Further details will be available on the Cathedral website.

Any queries please contact Canon Val Jackson val.jackson@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk