An accountant from North Shields, John Herbert Hedley was the oldest son of Ralph and Ann Dunn (Hair) Hedley. Whilst serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers, he was promoted to Captain. As an observer serving with 20 Squadron, Captain Hedley scored eleven victories before he and his pilot, Captain Robert Kirby Kirkman, were captured on 27 March 1918. Their Bristol F.2b was shot down near Foucaucourt by Karl Gallwitz of Jasta Boelcke. Hedley was repatriated on 13 December 1918.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
The Rockford Register-Gazette, Rockford, Illinois, Thursday, 27 December 1928, page 2