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William Mack D.C.M.

Born:
1890
Died:
9 Sivan 5677 (30 May 1917)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
MAC5331
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1890
Place of birth:
Edinburgh

Death

Date of death:
9 Sivan 5677 (30 May 1917)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Cause of death:
Died of wounds
Burial place:
St Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais

Places

Addresses

His home:
2 Adelphi Street, Glasgow (1915)
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JC - In Memorium, 13 July 1917

"The death, from wounds, has occurred of Sergt. William Mack (Kurtzman) of the Seaforth Highlanders. His widow has received the following letter from a Chaplain attached to the Seaforth Highlanders, 'We are feeling sad about it. To think that Sergt. Mack has been so long
with us and has come through many a dangerous battle and then has lost his life twenty miles back from the line by accident is unspeakably sad. I have known Sergt. Mack all the time he has been here. I know how well he did and how precious he was in his department. He was the great helper of every officer under whom he served and they all thought very highly of him'. The Lieut. Colonel of the Company has sent the following letter, 'Your husband has now been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry on the 11th May, a decoration which I know he thoroughly deserved and earned well. I am sorry to say that the award was not made in sufficient time for him to know about it himself. It may please you to know that the award of the DCM is sparingly granted and is only given for specially gallant and meritorious conduct. I enclose the ribbon and an account of his act. The medal you will no doubt receive in due course'."

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the mopping up of a village he organised scattered units into bombing groups, and personally led them, helping to capture five offices and 50 other ranks. He was of the utmost assistance to his company

Family

Spouse

Catherine Goldberg (female)
Country of marriage:
Scotland, 1915

Siblings

Marks Kurtzman (male)
Benjamin Kurtzman (male)
Abraham Kurtzman (male)
Lewis Kurtzman (male)
John Kurtzman (male)
Alice Kurtzman (female)
Myer Kurtzman (male)
Sarah Kurtzman (female)

Parents

Father: Barnett Maurice Kurtzman (male)
Mother: Esther Sander Kurtzman (female)

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Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
9389
Date discharged/death:
30 May 1917
Rank at discharge/death:
Sergeant
Invalided out of service:
23 November 1914
Assignments
Regiment:
Seaforth Highlanders
Battalion/unit:
2nd Battalion

Roll of Honour

W. KURTZMAN (MACK), 30 May 1917

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Serjeant
Date of Death:
30/05/1917
Age:
Regiment / service:
2nd Bn., Seaforth Highlanders
Cemetery:
St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave reference:
F. 29.
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