Gordon Percy Olley joined the Queen Victoria Rifles, served with the Royal Fusiliers and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (service number 6313). After serving as a dispatch rider, he became an observer with 1 Squadron. After pilot training, he rejoined the squadron to fly Nieuport scouts in 1917. His Military Medal was gazetted 17 September 1917 and on 28 January 1918 Serjeant Olley was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant. Toward the end of the year, he returned to England, serving as a ferry pilot. Post-war, Olley became a commercial airline pilot, wrote a book entitled "A Million Miles in the Air," and founded Olley Air Services in 1934.