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Second Lieutenant P. F. Cormack

CWGC Headstone for Second Lieutenant P. F. Cormack's Grave

18 December 2013

An investigation has recently confirmed that Second Lieutenant Philip Frederick Cormack, 204th Sqdn., Royal Air Force, who until now had been commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, is in fact buried in the French Military Cemetery in Machelen, East-Flanders in Belgium.

In 2009, the CWGC was contacted by a local researcher who informed us that he had come across a grave of an aviateur Cormack P.F. in Machelen. Since the records kept by the French Ministry of Defence did not contain any casualty of the First World War with that name, the researcher thought that it was more than likely that this grave belonged to Second Lieutenant Cormack, who at the time was commemorated by name on the Arras Flying Service Memorial.

In liaison with the French authorities, the CWGC researched the case further and it was established that Second Lieutenant Cormack is indeed buried in Machelen French Military Cemetery. On Thursday 5 December,  staff from the CWGC's Works Department replaced the French cross with a standard Commission headstone and after 95 years, Lieutenant Cormack finally has a known grave.

 

Cormack Story

Second Lieutenant P. F. Cormack's grave before and after.