CEF Soldier Detail

Major Alexander MacDonald Shook

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Air Force
Regiment:
Royal Flying Corps
Battalion:
204th Squadron
Company:
Place of Birth:
Erindale, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
David M. Shook
Address at Enlistment:
Red Deer, Alberta
Date of Birth:
December 2, 1888
Trade or Calling:
Marital Status:
Not Specified
Prior Military Experience:
Not Specified
Place of Enlistment:
Date of Enlistment:
Age at enlistment:
Height:
Chest:
Expansion:
Religion:
Methodist
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
Age at Death:
Buried at:
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
Not Specified
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Major Royal Flying Corps 204th Squadron
Royal Naval Air Service No. 4 Naval Squadron

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.

MILITARY NOTES

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.

Awards and Decorations
Air Force Cross
Croix de Guerre (France)
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Order
TypeDateDescription
Letter 4/3/1916 Flying non-stop from Paris to England with the R.N.A.S.