McCormick, William

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.

In Macclesfield, Private William McCormick is commemorated on the Park GreenTown HallSt Michael’s Church and St Alban’s Church war memorials.





Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 29 July 1917, 23 Sept 1921 (Photo Supplement)


McCormick, William — 2 Comments

  1. Currently researching any information about the names on the (lost) Salvation Army Roll of Honour. I believe the W Mccormick on that roll may be a different person to the one on the town memorial. The name on the Salvation Army roll was apparently WH Bromley McCormick and there is a person aged 16 of this name on the 1911 Census living at 7 Old Hall St, furthermore he has an older brother Harold McCormick whose name is also on the Salvation Army roll (mistranscribed as Harold McCorwick – that surname doesn’t appear on any British census) and a younger brother Bernard Bramwell which was a particularly common name amongst Salvationists after William Booth’s eldest son Bramwell. It looks like the two William McCormicks were about a year apart in age.

  2. Thank you Gareth, you are quite correct – there is a report of the roll of honour being presented on our website at

    Another thing to bear in mind is that, unless you have later details, the roll only shows those who were serving at the time of presentation in 1916. No doubt other names were added, and some of those shown as serving may have lost their lives later. I will keep you updated with any information I find.