CHANT, Stuart Whitemore

Known as: 
Surname later CHANT-SEMPILL
Rank: 
Lieutenant (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Gordon Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
105159
Died : 
Saturday, July 27, 1991
Operations: 
Stuart Chant 5 Commando
On the 22nd October 1939 whilst in the Artists Rifles TA, the then Private (Cadet) Chant was granted an emergency commission as 2/Lieutenant having attended the 163rd Officer Cadet Training Unit [1]. 
 
In October 1940 he volunteered for the Army Commandos and was attached to No.5 Commando [2].
 
Lieutenant Stuart Chant was awarded the M.C. for his gallantry during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire on the 28th March 1942. He led a demolition team that sailed on HMS Campbeltown who successfully destroyed the pumping station by the dry dock. He was wounded and captured after the raid [3].
 
Post war on the 17th Apr. 1951 he was promoted Captain (Gordon Highlanders) and granted the honorary rank of Major [4]
 
In the 1954 Birthday Honours Lieutenant Colonel (temporary) Stuart Whitemore Chant, M.C. (Gordon Highlanders) was appointed O.B.E. [5]
 
He retired from the Gordons (Regular Army Reserve of Officers) on the 11th March 1967 having attained the age limit and was granted the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel [6].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 34722, page 7396.
[2] His book St Nazaire Commando, author Stuart Chant-Sempill.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page3493.
[3] National Archives file WO 373/46/27.
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 39219, page 2510.
[5] London Gazettes Supp. 40188, page 3263.
[6] London Gazettes Supp. 44267, page 2886.
 

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