As is so often the case the bravest among us never see their own actions as brave or heroic. Captain Noel Chavasse is one of only three VCs and Bar in the 150+ year history of this highest award, those that have won two Victoria Crosses. After more than one episode of "conspicuous bravery" and dying of his own wounds he said "Duty called and duty must be obeyed." It's a wonderful story not very well known and in the news today after his VC and Bar was bought by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft for his VC collection (owned by a Trust); it is believed to have been purchased for a world record price of nearly £1.5 million.
Photo: TIME/GETTY IMAGES: Allied forces on the battlefield as they recapture the Passchendaele ridge. From the article in The Daily Telegrpah (click on image)