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