Red Deer News, 18 July 1917, pg. 1:
A friend, who received a letter from Mr. Shook a few days ago, informs us that he had been made a flight commander and had been decorated with the Legion of Honour by the French Commander. In his modest way he says he does not know why they did it. He was in that chase the first of June when three British machines attacked twenty Hun machines and put them to flight. He brought down two machines, and would have had a third if his gun had not jammed. He said four Germans were pointing at him at once, but were confused and missed. "Believe me," said his lady friend, "I think he has done enought to entitle him to all the decorations the old army can give him."
The following appeared in the Red Deer News on 12 December, 1917, pg. 1. The original referred to A. W. Shook, but the "W" appears to have been a typo.
Flight Commander A. W. Shook who taught Grade 8 in Red Deer public schools before enlistment, is over in Canada on 28 days leave of absence, and drifted into Red Deer on last Thursday. He wears the English D.S.M. and the French Croix de Guerre for distinguished air service in the operations against Zeebruge.