Rodney William PETTIT

Regimental number5396
Place of birthNorth Sydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWaratah George Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, William Arthur Pettit, Waratah George Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF17
Promotion date: 1 July 1917


Unit: INF17
Promotion date: 14 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches (altered from Military Cross)

'For conspicuous bravery during the attack on enemy position near Anzac House.'
Recommendation date: "25 September 1917

Military Cross

Work near Amiens on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 22 August 1918"

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919

Military Cross

'During an advance in a thick fog at Warfusee, east of Amiens, on the 8th August 1918, he took charge of numerous parties of several units, which had become detached, led them forward, and cleared the village. Later, when held up by two machine guns, which could not be located in the fog, he went forward alone, found them, and personally charged the position at the head of his men, and captured both guns and crews. He showed splendid courage and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal