Medal & Mortality index
The Military Cross was instituted as a Decoration on December 28th, 1914, to
reward Distinguished Services rendered by Officers of certain ranks in the army
in time of war. Bars may be added for additional acts of gallantry. Since August
1st, 1918, it has, like the D.S.O., been awarded for "services in action" only.
University of London Officers Training Corps index - former cadet.
Lieutenant Royal Engineers ? Northampton Polytechnic Institute ? son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Chiswell of Thames Ditton ? killed on the road between Morchain and Pertain on 25th March 1918.
CHISWELL, 2ND Lt. (Temp. Lt.) Henry Pettit, R.E. ? For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was in charge of a party which laid the tapes on which assaulting battalions were to form up. The work had to be carried out within a few hundred yards of the enemy on a dark night over badly shelled ground, and took some four or five hours. In spite of all difficulties, the tapes were laid in time, under artillery, rifle and machine gun fire, and with complete success. — Gazettes, 26 Sept. 1917 and 9 Jan. 1918.
CHISWELL, 2ND Lt. (Temp. Lt.) Henry Pettit, R.E. (T.F.). ? Haig's Despatch of 9 Apr. 1917.
Chiswell, Lt. Henry Pettit, R.E. : Northampton Poly. ? F. Apr. 15 to March 18 : M.C. ; mentioned in despatches.