C.E. Scott

Tales of valour

Military Cross

Military Cross

SCOTT Cecil Ewart, (2nd Lieutenant)

“H” Battalion Tank Corps, 2nd Brigade

For conspicuous gallantry in action near Gauche Wood on 1st December 1917 while in command of a tank.
His tank received a direct hit and caught fire; 3 of the crew were killed and 2 wounded; this officer continued in action firing 6 drums from his Lewis gun and encouraging the remainder of the crew to keep firing with the other remaining guns until he was forced to withdraw the crew on account of the intense heat.
He then re-entered the burning tank at great personal risk and brought out the wounded.
During the whole of this time the tank was several hundred yards in front of our own Infantry and under direct observation of the enemy and was subjected to heavy artillery shelling and sniping.
2nd Lieutenant Scott showed a total disregard for his own safety.

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