Sidney Joseph Cottle joined the South
African Mounted Rifles in 1914. In 1917, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was
posted to 45 Squadron in Italy. Flying the Sopwith Camel, he scored 13
victories before his squadron returned to France for the final months of the war. Cottle was wounded in action on 30 May 1918. On the
morning of 31 August 1918, he shot down three Albatros D.IIIs, killing
Austro-Hungarian ace Josef Pürer and capturing Otto
Forster of Flik 3J. Cottle remained in the RAF at the end of the war, later serving in
India and Iraq. He received an MBE before his retirement in 1942 and a few years later, he
and his wife moved to India.
Living with his grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Collins, in Plymouth, Devon in 1901.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Jack Cottle.
On the 20th of August this officer engaged a two-seater, which crashed. On the evening of the same date he shot down another two-seater, which fell within our lines. In all he has destroyed or shot down seven enemy machines. He is a determined leader of patrols, and conspicuous for devotion to duty.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12963)