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Hugh William CORMACK

Regimental number1242
Place of birthCarlton, Victoria
SchoolPerth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address16 Gladstone Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7"
Weight179 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M Cormack, 16 Gladstone Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWounded at Fleubaix, died at no. 9 GCS.
FateDied of wounds 21 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 19), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Ellen CORMACK; husband of Ellen CORMACK, Hammad Street, Palmyra, Western Australia. Native of Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 17 May 1916, of (1) leaving fatigue parade without authority, (2) using threatening language to his superior officer: awarded 14 days' confined to barracks and forfeited 7 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Found guilty, 6 July 1916, of (1) leaving his picquet without permission, (2) being absent without leave from 0915 hours until 2130 hours: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeits 1 day's pay.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916; admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, then No 8 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, leg, multiple).

Died of wounds, No 8 Casualty Clearing Station, 21 July 1916.

Buried at Bailleul Cemetery by Reverend A.F. Fern, 21 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CORMACK Hugh William
Red Cross file 801209

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