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CORMACK, James NobleBorn: fl. 1902
Nothing is currently known about Cormack's origins. By 1902 he was in South Africa employed by the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, which he joined that year, at Cradock. He was transferred later that year to the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in the Transvaal, working as a draughtsman. In 1910 he was appointed Inspector of Works and in 1912 Assistant Engineer in the Public Works Department. Cormack enlisted during the First World War and was promoted to the rank of Major in December 1914. He was listed as a member of the Association Transvaal Association in 1915, resident in Potchefstroom where he already appears to have been living in 1911 ? his LRIBA nomination papers were signed by EF Evelyn-Wright of the Public Works Department in 1911. The Public Service List (1919) noted that he was on leave in 1919. He was seconded to the Imperial War Graves Commission in 1924 (PSL 1924:57) and was later (n.d.) appointed Director of Works in South West Africa. He retired from the Institute of South African Architects in 1931 and in the RIBA Kalendar (1935/6) was listed as living in Tanganika. (CSL Tvl 1904:33; LRIBA nom papers (1911) 1195; PSL 1914, 1924; RIBA Kal 1935/6)
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