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  • Name: Thomas William McCormack
  • D.O.B: 23rd Feb, 1886
  • D.O.A: 27th Nov, 1908
  • D.O.D: 6th Mar, 1973
  • Award: Albert Medal translated to George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Painter, Mercantile Dry Dock
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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AWARDS FROM 1902 TO 1914


 On the 27th November, 1908, workmen were engaged painting the inside of an iron tank in the stokehold of a steamer lying in dry dock at Jarrow. Owing to the fact that very strong fumes were given off by the anti-corrosive paint or solution used the men were working in relays, each squad of three men being relieved after 10 or 15 minutes had elapsed. A workman named Graham was overcome by the fumes, and the chargeman, Archibald Wilson, sacrificed his life in endeavouring to save Graham. Thomas McCormack, who had already been affected by the fumes while at work in the tank, went to Wilson’s assistance, but was himself rendered insensible, and was rescued by James Kennedy Chapman, Works Manager at the Dock, who, having pulled McCormack out, re-entered the tank and endeavoured to save Graham, but was himself overcome by the fumes. The rescue of Chapman and Graham was eventually effected from the top of the tank. 

(The London Gazette of 23 July 1909, Numb. 28273, p. 5621)

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