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William McCormick was living at 9 Kay Street, Wigan, Lancashire when he enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 25th August 1914. William had been working as a collier, he was just shy of 27 years old; and had no previous military experience.

William had married Rose Ann (nee Blackledge) on 31st October 1908; and their son, William Bernard was born on 23rd May 1912.

Upon enlisting, William was posted in the 6th (Service) Battalion, and given the service number 11718.

During his enlistment medical he was described as being 5ft 5in, weighing 120lbs, of pale complexion, with grey eyes and light brown hair. He had two scars on his back.

On 15th June 1915, William sailed overseas as part of Expeditionary Force Egypt/ Meditteranean. In August 1915 he received a thigh wound at Gallipoli.

On 28th September 1916, he was posted into the 1st Garrison Battalion, Essex Regiment. His new service number 32245.

William was demobilized and transferred to class Z reserve, on 11th February 1919. His address at the time of him leaving the Army was 14 Howard Street, Wigan.

He was awarded a 40% disability pension, to be reviewed 12 months after leaving.

His character during his time in Army was described as being ‘very good’.

For his service during the Great War, William received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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