From the Middlesex Regiment, 2nd Lieutenant Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3646 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Brooklands on 28 September 1916. Flying the D.H.9 and serving first with 98 Squadron and later with 206 Squadron, Atkinson scored five victories in 1918. He died from influenza in 1919.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson,
Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer has done a large amount of successful artillery work, has taken part in many night bombing raids, and has continually distinguished himself by his fearlessness and determination in descending to low altitudes in order to attack hostile infantry and machine guns. On one occasion, also, he successfully attacked and drove down a hostile balloon.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 7 March 1918 (30561/2904)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson, M.C.
A gallant and determined officer whose services over the lines since May last in long distance and photographic reconnaissances, and as leader of bomb raids, have been of a very high order. On a recent occasion, when on solitary photographic reconnaissance at 15,000 feet, his machine was attacked by eight Fokker biplanes; one of these he shot down.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12961)