"T./2nd Lt. William Ernest Staton, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when on offensive patrol, he, by the skilful handling of his machine and accurate shooting destroyed two enemy aeroplanes and brought down a third out of control. In addition, during the nine days previous to this, he had destroyed five other enemy machines, two of these being triplanes. The services which he has rendered have been exceptionally brilliant, and his skill and determination are deserving of the highest praise."
Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 June 1918 (30761/7423)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (T./Capt.) William Ernest Staton, M.C.
This officer has already been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty. Since this award he has accounted for eleven enemy aeroplanes—nine destroyed and two shot down out of control. He has proved himself a most efficient flight commander and an enterprising leader, setting a very fine example to his squadron."
Supplement to the London Gazette, 21 September 1918 (30913/11255)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
"Lieut. (A./Capt.) William Ernest Staton, M.C., D.F.C. (FRANCE)
This officer has already been awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Since his last award he has destroyed five enemy machines and driven down one out of control. His example of courage and resource is a fine incentive to the other pilots of his squadron."
Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 December 1918 (31046/14317)