The son of Vincent and Winifred (Alexander) Birkbeck, Robert Alexander Birkbeck attended West Downs School, Winchester before he enlisted. He received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3157 at London & Provincial School, Hendon on 23 June 1916. Appointed temp. 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 4 March 1917. Scored 10 victories flying Nieuport Scouts with 1 Squadron from 10 June 1917 to 17 February 1918. Distinguished Flying Cross gazetted 3 June 1918. Granted a short service commission as Flying Officer (from Flight Lieutenant) effective from 12 May 1920. Left the service on 12 May 1931 and became a shipbroker.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950