17 November 2014
Rec Room Rant
Did You Know?
17 November 2014
Badobadop does not glorify war. I have said before that war is occasionally a necessary evil, but always a great tragedy. It is for this reason that I have chosen Noel Godfrey Chavasse as the Did You Know? for remembrance week this year. His bravery is linked to the saving, rather than the taking of life.
Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse was a medical officer in the British Army and was honored for his bravery during the First World War at Guillemont and at Passchendaele. He was awarded the Victoria cross twice (VC and bar) and became the most highly decorated British officer in the war.
Chavasse's bravery is most aptly described by his award citations. The first reads as follows:
"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
During an attack he tended the wounded in the open all day, under heavy fire, frequently in view of the enemy. During the ensuing night he searched for wounded on the ground in front of the enemy's lines for four hours.
Next day he took one stretcher-bearer to the advanced trenches, and under heavy shell fire carried an urgent case for 500 yards into safety, being wounded in the side by a shell splinter during the journey. The same night he took up a party of twenty volunteers, rescued three wounded men from a shell hole twenty-five yards from the enemy's trench, buried the bodies of two Officers, and collected many identity discs, although fired on by bombs and machine guns.
Altogether he saved the lives of some twenty badly wounded men, besides the ordinary cases which passed through his hands. His courage and self-sacrifice, were beyond praise."
And the second:
"Though severely wounded early in the action whilst carrying a wounded soldier to the Dressing Station, Capt. Chavasse refused to leave his post, and for two days not only continued to perform his duties, but in addition went out repeatedly under heavy fire to search for and attend to the wounded who were lying out.
During these searches, although practically without food during this period, worn with fatigue and faint with his wound, he assisted to carry in a number of badly wounded men, over heavy and difficult ground.
By his extraordinary energy and inspiring example, he was instrumental in rescuing many wounded who would have otherwise undoubtedly succumbed under the bad weather conditions.
This devoted and gallant officer subsequently died of his wounds."
Chavasse was a very brave bloke indeed!
Noel Godfrey Chavasse
The Hand of Glory (Murderer's Hand)
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Only three people have ever been awarded the Victoria Cross twice. One was Noel Godfrey Chavasse.
In the main, wealth, fame and celebrity are admired and aspired to. Boys and girls want to be like their celebrity idols. Adults dream
of a lottery win to secure an elevated position in society. Much is made of family members who ‘make it’ in life. Our view of success
is seemingly universal and unquestioning.
I wonder though, is this really success? Is the achievement of fame and fortune the
be all and end all?
Badobadop says No!
The achievement of fame and fortune usually come with a cost attached. Climbing
to the top of a very big heap requires extraordinary levels of dedication, hard work and focus. For some, the achievement of success
is an obsession which overtakes them completely.
Given the chance, would you be the Prime Minister of England, or the President
of the USA? Many would see it as the pinnacle of achievement, and jump at the chance. Badobadop would say;
“Stick it up your
Whatever anyone says, power obsessed/money obsessed/celebrity obsessed people do not have enough time for a fulfilling
family life. They may try and compensate by providing nannies, private tutors and material comforts, but at the end of the day, family
As long as I have enough to put a roof over my head and food in my belly, with a bit left over to do some fun things,
I would rather enjoy a fulfilling family life and have time to spend on things that interest me. Why chase some uncertain dream of
being famous or wealthy?
I am not alone. Millions of ordinary people in relatively low paid professions such as teaching, cleaning,
nursing and the like, go about their everyday lives without losing sleep over becoming anything more than they already are.
“Don’t be tempted by the lure of riches and fame. You may find that your obsession leaves you poor in ways you never imagined.
The key to happiness and contentment is to be extraordinarily ordinary.”
17 November 2014
A sea of red poppies around the Tower of London. Each one signifies a life lost in the First World War.
Photo: POA(Phot) Mez Merrill/MOD
17 November 2014
The picture I have uploaded to Wikimedia and placed on Wikipedia this week, is the hand of glory on display at Whitby Museum.
hand of glory was a hanged man's hand which was used as a macabre candle holder by burglars to evade discovery. When alight, it was
said to put all the sleeping people in a house into a trance from which they couldn't be awakened.
Sometimes the fingers of
the hand itself were lit. It was believed that when the thumb refused to light, it signified that someone in the house was
still awake. The flame could not be extinguished by water, only by blood or milk.
This hand was discovered in the early 20th
century on the roof wallpate of Hawthorn Cottage in Danby. It is thought that it might have originated from Gibbet Howe, Castleton
and been in use as late as 1820.
to view the Wikipedia's Hand of Glory entry and Badobadop's latest upload.