The son of Frederick Thomas and Mary Jane Oades, Sydney Arthur Oades enlisted in London on 14 September 1915. A sapper with the Royal Engineers, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. He scored 11 victories with 22 Squadron flying Bristol Fighters. He was wounded in action on 5 March 1918 and injured in a crash on 13 March 1918.
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Sydney Arthur Oades, Gen.
List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On six different occasions during four months he has driven down three enemy machines which crashed on reaching the ground, and has destroyed two others, causing them to descend in flames. A sixth machine, after he had fired eighty rounds into it, turned over and went down spinning out of control, but owing to bad visibility it was not observed to crash. In addition to these he has brought down another three hostile machines out of control, and has always shown the most magnificent dash, gallantry, and determination.