- Second World War (1939-1945)
- No. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- December 19th, 1941
"This airman has carried out a large number of operational sorties, involving interception and convoy- patrols. He has also participated in numerous highly, successful attacks on enemy shipping, during which several enemy ships were set on fire and others damaged, and attacks on ground targets in Northern France. As a section leader for the past 3 months, Sergeant Astley has taken an active part in the training of new pilots, a task in which he has shown great keenness and devotion to duty."