8 October 1918 — France
Lt. (A./Capt.) John Speaks
A gallant and courageous officer. On 8th October he attacked, from a height of 100 feet, an enemy balloon on the ground, nine miles over the line, and set it on fire. Later, seeing a train, he descended to fifty feet and fired at it till it stopped. He then attacked and scattered horse transport, causing great confusion; and, before finishing his patrol, Lt. Speaks bombed a hostile town.