(1895–1948). Born in Australia but brought up in New Zealand, Coningham served as a soldier in Samoa and Egypt before being invalided home and discharged on medical grounds in April 1916. He immediately sailed to England, was commissioned in the Royal Flying Corps, became a distinguished fighter pilot and squadron commander, was decorated three times and accepted the nickname ‘Mary’ (derived from ‘Maori’), to which he answered for the rest of his life.
From The Oxford Companion to World War II in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Second World War.