Alfred Michael Koch emigrated to Canada when he was four years old. He served with the Alberta Dragoons as a trumpeter before shipping out to England in 1914 with the 1st Division Cavalry of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Koch was wounded on 22 October 1916 whilst serving as an observer with 6 Squadron. He was wounded again in 1918.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Alfred Koch, R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During ten days' operations he carried out eleven reconnaissances at low altitudes. He continually attacked and disorganised enemy troops and transport, and on one occasion he dispersed a battalion of enemy infantry which was marching along a road. On a later occasion, after he had completed a reconnaissance and bombed an enemy position, he was attacked by an enemy patrol. Though his tanks were pierced, and he was wounded, he succeeded in flying his machine back to the aerodrome. He showed splendid courage and initiative.