A mechanical engineer from Bristol, Edwin Stuart Travis Cole, the son of Reuben and Jessie Cole, received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2160 on a Caudron biplane at Ruffy-Baumann School, Hendon on 14 December 1915. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 29 April 1916. Posted to 60 Squadron, he scored his first victory flying a Nieuport scout. Posted to 1 Squadron in October 1916, he scored seven more victories with Nieuport scouts in the spring of 1917. Cole served with the Royal Air Force during World War II.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Edwin Stewart Travis Cole, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion he, in a scout, attacked and brought down an enemy two-seater biplane. He has brought down two hostile balloons. He has at all times set a splendid example of courage and initiative.