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Tribute to the Battle of Waterloo - Noel Chavasse did the drawings and his twin Christopher the words in the poignant notebook.<br />
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The poignant childhood scrapbook of the only man to be awarded two Victoria Crosses in World War One has been unearthed after 119 years.<br />
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Hero medic Noel Chavasse compiled the 209 page manuscript with his twin brother Claude as a teenager in 1900 and 1901.<br />
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In it, Noel drew almost 100 sketches and watercolours of knights in shining armour, famous battles including Waterloo and historic figures. On one page he has written the phrase 'to do one's duty'.<br />
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Noel, who was attached to the 10th Battalion, Liverpool Scottish Regiment, received his first VC, the highest award for gallantry, when he saved 20 wounded men under heavy shell fire on the Western Front on one day in October 1916.<br />
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In September 1917, he received his second VC for an act of heroism at Flanders during the Battle of Passchendaele which cost him his life. While carrying an injured soldier to a dressing station, he was hit in the stomach and terminally wounded. Yet, despite being in agony, he carried on his duties for two days, tending to numerous wounded soldiers - even carrying some to safety over difficult ground.<br />
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The scrapbook has emerged for sale alongside the bravery medals of his nephew also named Noel, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's aide de camp in World War Two, with historic dealer War & Son, of Leominster, North Herefordshire, for £7,000.