From the Shropshire Light Infantry, Rice-Oxley transferred to the
Royal Flying Corps in 1916. Flying two-seaters with 41 Squadron, he was wounded in action in October 1916. In
1918, he joined 45 Squadron in Italy where he scored 5 victories as a Sopwith Camel pilot.
Listed as "Alan Rice Oxley" (no hyphen) in the birth registry (3rd quarter 1898,
registered at Watford, Hertfordshire) and 1901 England Census lists him as
"Alan R. Oxley."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lt. Alan Rice-Oxley (Shrops. L.I.).
In company with another machine this officer attacked an enemy formation of fifteen aeroplanes, and promptly destroyed two of them. He then repeatedly attacked the remaining thirteen machines, who were crowding on his companion, and the battle ended in the destruction of six of the enemy and one driven down out of control. Two days afterwards he destroyed two more enemy aircraft. The gallantry displayed by this officer, and that of his companion, Capt. C. E. Howell, in attacking fifteen machines, was of the very highest order."