Lt Gerald Harold Courtenay Luck, C de G, RND

I cannot substantiate the C de G, given his history I feel he never got the award


1897 Mar 4. Born Suffolk

1901 census at Dartford, Kent

1908-13. Attended Dartford Grammar School and was in their OTC 1911-13.

1911 census at The Cottage, Gun Powder Works, Dartford, Kent

Worked in engineering at Messrs Fraser and Chalmers, Erith.

1914 Aug 5. Enlisted in the West Kent Yeomanry .

1915 Apr 26. Enlisted RND . Home address Eastview, Holly Rd, Dartford, Kent

1915 Jul 6. Gazetted Sub-Lt in RNVR - Gerald Harold Courtenay Luck

Served in Salonika and Bulgaria in 1916. Wounded.

1916 Jun 8. Transferred to RNAS at Mudros

The following letter from Luck was published in the school magazine, The Dartfordian, in the summer of 1916: 

Gerald H. J. Courtenay Luck, RNAS, Salonika, Greece, 1916

Just a few lines to thank you most awfully for the ripping Tuck Box you sent me. It is really decent of you and the fellows at the school to think of us all as you do. You have no idea how it bucks one up to hear from you all. Also, many thanks for the school magazine. It makes one feel like a schoolboy again to read the good old form notes... As perhaps you know by now, I am attached to the RNAS as an observer while I am out here, and then when I get home I shall be transferred, and have to take my pilot’s ticket; that, I think, will be a fairly easy matter, as I have learnt to fly here a little. At present I am in a detached squadron from the ship, and am on shore; it is really ripping, as we have got ideal quarters here, right on the coast, with mountains rising up about two hundred yards behind us covered in woods, and miles away from everybody; quite in a little world of our own, except for one or two ships from the fleet that are always lying off here when we go to “strafe” the Bulgars and their coast.

  By the way, I am writing this two hours after getting back from a big raid on the Bulgars...

Just before a certain spot we were supposed to be met by several French machines which were to escort us in; but when we got there, there were no machines to meet us, so we went off on our own, and “strafed” a certain town, and then came back. An air raid is really most awfully exciting, as one never knows what is going to happen next.

  The night before (last night), we were packed off to bed very early so as to get as much sleep as possible, and then at day break this morning we were called, although for myself I didn’t need much calling, as I had been awake nearly two hours before, feeling very excited. Then when we did get up, everybody was getting ready. Revolvers were loaded, goggles and glasses were given another rub up, and a thousand other things. Breakfast, and then into the plane, and in a few minutes we were on our way. After a time we saw our objective in the distance, and began to wonder what was going to greet us there; then in a few minutes we were over our objective and saw our target, then a second’s pause and our first big bomb went. Then we dropped a few incendiary bombs, and in a few minutes we saw the ground burst into flame. You have no idea how pleased one feels when one sees a flash below, and knows one has got one’s target, as I’m jolly glad to say we did to-day.

  Then before we knew where we were, we heard a “whizz” and a “bang”, and something went past us; we then thought it was rather unhealthy, and thought we’d go a bit higher, and we did as soon as we could. Then we gave them a parting bomb, and a few shots at a Hun plane, and went off for home again. From that time, there was a written conversation between the pilot and myself until home was sighted, and what a relief it was to feel good old Mother Earth again after being up for three or four hours. We had a quick wash and made our report, then another breakfast, then went very quickly to sleep, and by Jove, we wanted it, too!

  I am keeping all the messages that are written when we go on a “strafe.” I think they will be rather interesting when I come back. I wonder when that will be. At present I’m not very keen on getting back, as we are having quite a good time here. We seem to go and “strafe” some place or other nearly every Sunday. I don’t know why Sunday…


1917 Jun 30 RNAS. Tempy. Obser. Sub-Lieut. to be tempy. Obser. Lieut.: — Gerald H. Courtenay-Luck.

Served in France and on the North Sea Patrol in 1917. Wounded

1917 Jul/Sep Married Enid C Luck in Surrey. She was a first Cousin

1917 Nov 30 . Discharged RNAS .Ill health

1918 Feb 10. Rif. Brig.— Gerald Harold Courtenay Luck, late Lt. R.N., to be 2nd Lt.10th Feb. 1918, with seniority from 1st Dec. 1917.

Served in France. Wounded in July 1918.

1918 Jun 30 to 7 Jul 1918 in hospital with influenza

1918 Dec 10 To hospital with shell shock

1919 May 15 Discharged from hospital (Shell shock)

1919 Jun 26 Retired from Army on ill health

1920 Mar 13. Leaves UK for Jamaica. He is a Police Officer. He leaves this job for health reasons

1920 Oct 10. Arrives UK from Jamaica. He is a "police official".

1920 Dec 13. Joined ADRIC with service no 1242. Posted to L Coy.

1921 Apr 17. Posted to I Coy

1921 May 16. In a patrol that arrested Patrick Goulding with a gun

1921 Jun 11. Admitted Portobello House Hospital

1921 Jul 9. Discharged Portobello House Hospital

1921 Jul 10 to 23 Jul. Medical Leave

1921 Jul 24 Suspended

1921 Aug 23. Struck off as a deserter.

1924 Aug 15. Conviction in Dublin for False Pretences. Seems to have been released after 3 months

1924 Sep 24 Removed from prison to Blackrock Hospital

1924 Oct 4 His wife Enid died in Vancouver , Canada. "BLOSSOM" SEPT. 20, 1898 OCT. 4, 1924 "AT REST" [BC Archives give date of birth as 1897, Kent, England, daughter of A Courtenay Luck, died in Duncan. Husband: Major G. S. Gordon]

1924 Oct 21. Back to prison

1924 Oct 23. Released from prison on 10 pounds bail

1925 Apr/Jun .Married in Hammersmith to Maude Victoria Gore (she died 1983)

1938 Oct 9 to 26 Nov 1938 Employed as a receptionist at London Flying Club

1939 Jan 30 Gets a job as a clerk

1939 Aug 25. 2nd Lt. G. H. C. Luck (150020), ret. (late Rifle Bde. (Spec. Res.) ), is removed from the Army on conviction by the Civil Power.

1939 Oct 7. His RAF commission is terminated.

1940 Jan Sent to prison for 3 months for not paying the 25 pound fine from 1939 fraud case.

1940 Feb 3 More fraud and one month gaol with hard labour.


1947 Apr/Jun . Married Margaret E M Bishop in Lewisham (this is his third marriage)

1969 Dec 31 Died Hackney , London aged 71