CORMACK, Robert Leith
(Service number 55586)

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Date 2 August 1889 Place of Birth Latheron, Cithness, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 3 May 1917 Age 27 years
Address at Enlistment C/o W. J. Clarke, Levels
Occupation Engine driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Miss A. MILLER (cousin), Pleasant Point, South Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 30th Reinforcements, E Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Arawa
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
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Date 10 February 1953 Age 63 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 55, Plot 912
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Leith Cormack was born on 2 August 1889 at Latheron, Caithness, Scotland, the son of George and Robertina (née Leith) Cormack. In 1891 and 1901 young Robert was at home with the family at Latheron, in 1901 a scholar. He came to New Zealand in about 1909, and it was at Timaru that he enlisted on 3 May 1917. He was an engine driver for W. J. Clarke, Levels and named a cousin as next-of-kin – Miss A. Miller, Pleasant Point, South Canterbury.

Private R. L. Cormack embarked with the 30th Reinforcements on 13 October 1917, leaving by the “Arawa” for Liverpool, England. R. L. Cormack returned to New Zealand by the “Somerset” which was due at Lyttelton about 12 August 1919. In 1921 he married Annabella Craig. He died on 10 February 1953, aged 63 years, and was buried in the Timaru Cemetery, Annabella with him more than 23 years later. Robert’s brother, William Leith Cormack, served with the UK forces in the war.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 March 2022]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [19 March 2022]; Timaru Herald, 8 August 1919 (Papers Past) [16 March 2022]

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