William McCormick, Private 49381, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regt
Died 28th June 1917 in France, aged 23
Son of Mr and Mrs William McCormick, of 16 Lower Exchange Street, Macclesfield.
William McCormick’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 27 July 1917:
PRIVATE W McCORMICK – Mr and Mrs W McCormick, of 16 Lower Exchange Street, Macclesfield, have been officially notified that their only son, Private William McCormick, of the Cheshire regiment, was killed in action on June 28th. Twenty-three years of age, he was educated at St Alban’s School, and was subsequently employed at the North Cheshire Brewery. He enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, and had been at the front close on twelve months.
His father, Private William McCormick, although 55 years of age, is serving in the Army. He enlisted in January, 1915, in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, with whom he went to the Dardanelles in the following July. He was wounded, and after undergoing hospital treatment, was brought to England. Upon recovery he was transferred to another Irish regiment, and sent to Dublin. He has recently been home on leave. He formerly served in the Cheshire Militia, and prior to re-joining the Colours, was a bricksetter in the employ of Mr S Bull.
Private William McCormick is buried in grave ref. IX. D. 28 in Orchard Dump Cemetery, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William McCormick, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.