2nd Lieutenant Cecil James Marchant received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3971 on 1 August 1916. He was wounded on 2 July 1918.
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. Cecil James Merchant, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He, with two other pilots of his squadron, bombed a freight train from a height of 50 feet, three trucks being derailed. Again, on a later occasion he, with five other pilots, bombed and fired at a column of enemy transport with such good effect that three-quarters of the personnel became casualties and most of the vehicles were destroyed. Whilst on a low bombing reconnaissance during the recent operations he brought down two hostile two-seater machines out of control and shot down a third in flames. He has at all times displayed marked gallantry and resource.