Before he enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 23 September 1914, Frank Clifton Gorringe, the son of Frank J. and Mary Gorringe, was an express clerk living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. After transferring to the Royal Flying Corps, 2nd Lieutenant Gorringe received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 5035 on a Grahame-White biplane at Grahame-White School, Hendon on 29 July 1917. Posted to 70 Squadron, he scored fourteen victories flying the Sopwith Camel. Post-war, he farmed in Kenya before returning to England in September 1935. When his body washed ashore at Newhaven in January 1936, an inquest into his death ruled he was "found drowned, with no evidence to show how he got into the water."
Listed as Frank Clifford Gorringe in some sources.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Nottingham Evening Post, Nottinghamshire, England, Monday, 13 January 1936, page 5
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Frank Clifton Gorringe, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has destroyed several enemy machines, and has shot down others out of control. On several occasions also he has forced enemy aeroplanes to land, and has shown fine qualities of leadership and a keen offensive spirit.
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Frank Clifton Gorringe, M.C. (FRANCE)
During recent operations this officer was conspicuous for his gallantry and initiative in attacking enemy troops, transport, etc., notably on 9th November, when, locating certain enemy troops dug in, he attacked them from 50 feet altitude, causing numerous casualties. He then landed close behind our infantry and informed them of the enemy's position.