After serving with the Somerset Light Infantry, Alfred Victor Blenkiron transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. 2nd Lieutenant Blenkiron received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4842 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Gosport on 3 June 1917.
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Military Cross (MC)
Temp. 2nd Lt. Alfred Victor Blenkiron,
Som. L.I. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry in action. Although wounded, he fired his machine-gun with great skill and brought down an enemy machine, thereby enabling his pilot to bring his machine safely home. On another occasion he displayed great courage when observing on patrol, and brought down a hostile machine.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 March 1917, 2191