Residing at Ringwood, Hampshire when he enlisted. After serving with the 3rd Royal Fusiliers, Michael Edward Gonne was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. Posted to 54 Squadron, he scored 2 victories in 1917 flying the Sopwith Pup. The following year, he scored three more victories flying the Sopwith Camel before being injured in a crash on 28 January 1918. Missing in action on 8 August 1918, Gonne was last seen flying his Camel (D6575) near Brie.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Michael Edward Gonne, R. Fus. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He is a daring and skilful leader of patrols, and has led his flight throughout a large amount of fighting, often against superior numbers, far over the enemy's lines. He has destroyed five enemy machines.