South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1879, (1547. Sergt. T. Pettitt. 2/21st Foot.) Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., 3rd issue, small letter reverse. 1541. Sergeant. T. Pettitt. Royal Scots Fusiliers.(1541. Sergt. T. Pettitt. R. Sc: Fus:) EF
At the battle of Ulundi the regiment formed a portion of the right of the square and with the 58th regiment ‘ bore the brunt of the first desperate onslaught of the enemy, large numbers of whom got within 30 years before being checked by the galling and destructive fire that poured into them.
Thomas Pettitt was a native of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. He attested for the 21st Foot, 13 November 1860 – the day before his twin brother William joined the same regiment. Both were aged 19 at the time. Thomas was discharged medically unfit, 10 August 1880 he had served 8 years in India and being ‘shut up in the siege of Rustenburg, Transvaal 1880’