Lance Sergeant Lisle Croasdaile Chute served in the Royal Ulster Rifles during the Second World War. He was born in Caragh, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
On 17th March 1942, as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, he received a certificate for bravery shown following an air raid during the Belfast Blitz. Brigadier P.H. Hansen V.C., D.S.O. presented the certificates to Chute and to Sergeant Pauline Ann Bromwich at Dunmore Park Barracks, Belfast.
Chute and Rifleman Simms worked tirelessly amidst falling bombs and masonry to save lives during the Belfast Blitz. Lance Sergeant Chute himself was buried beneath debris following the explosion of a Parachute Mine. In a dazed condition, he set about rescue operations in neighbouring houses.
He and Simms rescued Mrs. McSorley, wife of Dr. Frederick McSorley, and her maid from the rubble of their demolished house at 217 Antrim Road, Belfast. A commendation read:
It was entirely due to this N.C.O.’s conduct, heroism, and disregard of personal danger, together with his prompt action that the lives of Mrs. McSorley and her maid were saved.