Notes for GEORGE CORMACK: GEORGE CORMACK b. 1875. George was Chief Engineer on the s.s. "Sunning" in the north China Sea when in November 1926 the ship was overtaken by pirates. He was shot three times by the pirates, and to save him from further harm his cabin boy hid him in the coal bunker of the ship. After some time the pirates set fire to the ship starting the fire in the coal bunker. George was badly burned but managed to get out of the coal bunker and with the help of the Chief Officer of the ship recaptured the ship from the pirates. George was awarded a Member of the British Empire from King George V of England at a ceremony at the Court of St. James, and he was also awarded a citation and a gold watch and chain from the China government. Only two of the bullets were removed (the third being lodged in a place where removal would threaten his life further). I, his granddaughter Beverley Honeyman Hagen, am privileged to have one of the bullets that was removed from him and also the gold watch and chain and the citation and the certificate awarding him an M.B.E. He, and his wife Mary Ferguson Cormack, lived with my family from about 1945 when my parents left England and my Dad, Fraser Honeyman, was stationed in Bombay India with the Royal Navy. George and Mary later moved to Durban, South Africa with my family (where Mary Cormack died) and then to Long Island, New York, U.S.A. with us where George died. He was a wonderful man and I loved him dearly.
His birth cert. lists his name as George Cormack, born September 13, 1875 at Union Street, Peterhead. His parents are listed as George Cormack, Spirit Dealer, and Eliza-Bella Cormack m.s. Christian, married on November 1866 (no date given) in Peterhead. Registrar was James Lyall.
1881 CENSUS Peterhead, Aberdeen. 16A Union Street. George Cormack; aged 5; scholar; son of and living with:- Eliza B. Lawson; married; aged 34; Head of household; born in Peterhead, Aberdeen. (Father, George Cormack dead - wife remarried). Ann J. Cormack; aged 13; daughter; Scholar; b. Peterhead. Charlotte Cormack; aged 10; daughter; Scholar; b. Peterhead. Eliza D. Cormack; aged 8; daughter; Scholar; b. Peterhead. Jemima Cormack; aged 4; daughter; b. Peterhead. Nellie M. Cormack; aged 2; daughter; b. Peterhead. Isabella A. Allan; aged 18; Servant; b. Peterhead; General Domestic Servant;. Patrick J. Anderson; aged 25; Boarder; b. Peterhead; Assistant Shop Keeper.
Register of Deaths transcript lists the death on May 22, 1964. Name: George Cormack, aged 88 years, widowed. Occupation: Marine Engineer. Birthplace : Peterhead, Scotland. Father's name: George Cormack. Mother's name: Isabelle Christian. Died in Rockville Centre, NY at Rockville General Hospital of Squamous cell carcinoma of palate and left cheek, metastatic. Cremated at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village, NY.
More About GEORGE CORMACK: Birth Place: Union Street, Peterhead. Burial: Unknown, Stellawood Cemetery,Durban, South Africa. Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Squamous cell carcinoma of palate & left cheek, metastic. Census: 1881, Age 5 - 16AUnion St.,Peterhead,ABD.,Scotland. Cremated Ashes Interred: Wall ofRemembrance (J4/2),Stellawood Cem.. Cremation: Stellawood Cemetry, Durban, South Africa. Death Certificate: # 202. IGI (Int. Genealogical In: Batch#C112325-Source Call#0993353-Printout Call#6901243. M.B.E.: 03 June 1927, Awarded Member of the British Empire by King George V at St. James Court.. Occupation: Marine Engineer. Residence at Marriage: 11 West Stewart Street, Greenock.
More About GEORGE CORMACK and MARY DRYSDALE FERGUSON: Marriage: 10 August 1898, Church of Scotland, Greenock, Scotland.
Marriage Notes for GEORGE CORMACK and MARY DRYSDALE FERGUSON: The Register of Marriage of George and Mary lists the date of marriage as August 10, 1898. Place of marriage 17 Finnart Street, Greenock after publication according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland. Names them as George Cormack, aged 23, bachelor, Engineer (Journeyman), and Mary Drysdale Ferguson, aged 22, spinster. Lists is usual residence as 11 West Stewart Street, Greenock, and hers as (not readable), Greenock. Lists his parents as George Cormack, Cooper (deceased) and Lizzie Lawson, previously Cormack, m.s. Christian. And her parents as John Ferguson, Cooper, and Jenny Ferguson m.s. Wells. Registered in the West District of Greenock, County of Renfrew. Witnesses were Thomas Gilloran and K. Jamieson.
Children of GEORGE CORMACK and MARY DRYSDALE FERGUSON are:
Mary Cormack, b. 01 April 1905, Greenock, Scotland, d. 19 February 1991, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.
+George Cormack, b. 05 September 1909, Shanghai, China, d. 14 October 1977, Hong Kong, China.
John Cormack, b. 1911, Shanghai, China, d. 1911, Shanghai, China.