Christopher Maude Chavasse OBE MC

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    Quite a family .... don't you think ?? :)

    Christopher Maude Chavasse OBE MC (9 November 1884 – 10 March 1962) was a British athlete, soldier, and religious leader. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, served in the First World War, and was later Bishop of Rochester.

    Chavasse was the son of Francis James Chavasse, Bishop of Liverpool and founder of St. Peter's College, Oxford. His twin brother, Noel Godfrey Chavasse, won the Victoria Cross and bar. Christopher was the elder of the two by 20 minutes. The twins had two other brothers and three sisters.

    Both Christopher and Noel Chavasse attended Trinity College, Oxford, competing in both rugby and athletics. They competed on the British team at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London: Christopher came second in his preliminary heat of the 400 metres shortly after Noel came third in his heat of the same event. Neither advanced to the semi-finals

    All four of the Chavasse brothers (Christopher, Noel, Aidan, and Bernard) served during the First World War. Christopher was a chaplain; Noel and Bernard served as medics. Aidan was wounded and went missing during a raid; the other three brothers each earned the Military Cross. Noel also became one of only three men to receive the Victoria Cross twice, the second posthumously. Christopher was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Military Division. He and Bernard survived the war.
    Christopher's other decorations included the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Croix de guerre.

    After the war, Chavasse rose through the ranks of the Church of England. He was nominated Bishop of Rochester on 19 March 1940, consecrated on 25 April the same year, and served in that position until his resignation on 30 September 1960. A sermon given by Chavasse about Belshazzar's Feast was featured as a religious short film produced by J. Arthur Rank

    He served as the first Master of St. Peter's College, Oxford upon its founding in 1929 by his father He also served briefly as an original Trustee of the college upon its incorporation in 1961
    Chavasse married shortly after the war, in 1919. One of his five children, a son named Noel in honour of his uncle, i.e. Christopher's brother, served in the British army during the Second World War. He also won a Military Cross.

    Chavasse died on 10 March 1962

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