Agnes Jean Alcock

Doris Lucy Catherine McCormack

Name:  Doris Lucy Catherine McCormack

Date of Birth: 3 June 1925

Birth location: Wellington District, Western Australia

Maiden Name:  Tucker

Also Known As:

Age at Burial: 83

Date of Death: 24 April 2009

Death location: Capel

Date of Burial: Cremation 30 April 2009

Denomination:  Anglican A

Row/Grave:  Row 1, number 8

Grave transcription:

In Loving Memory of

Doris McCormack

3.6.1925 – 24.4.2009

Wife of Jack

Dearly Loved Mother of Bernard, Robin, Jamie

& families

Treasured Always

Father: Frederick Roland Thomas Henry Tucker – born 1888, died 1962

Mother: Ethel Rosina Payne – born 1886, died 1960

Grandparents (father):  William Tucker and Rachael Williams

Grandparents (Mother): George Robert Payne and Lucy Hurst

Siblings:

Robert William Tucker 1910-1992

Frederick Thomas Tucker 1911-1994

Raymond John Tucker 1913-1988

Allen David Tucker 1915 -1985

Cyril Roland Tucker 1916-2004

Kenneth Tucker 1918 – ?

Ethel Lilian Tucker 1920 – ?

Edward Douglas 1922-2003

Spouse: John (Jack or Mack) McCormack Married on the 30 of April 1945

Children: Bernard, Robin and Jamie

Occupation: Army, housewife

Their Story

Doris was the youngest of nine siblings. She was an active child participating in Community events such as The Boys and Girls Club, Fancy Dress Balls, the Calf Club (Primary school) Trove 13/09/1936

Doris played the piano (she played at Capel and Elgin dances) and raised money for Red Cross comfort funds.

Prior to military service she listed her occupation as Home Duties. She was only 18 years old when enlisting.

Military Service: WF15701

National Archives – Military Service Records – link

Doris served with the 7 Heavy Artillery on Rottnest Island. This was where she met her husband to be John McCormack. Whilst seeking service medals for this time she was rebuffed by DVA as no records available. She also served with the Fremantle Coastal artillery as a gunner. She was eventually discharged on compassionate grounds.

Trove Article – Wedding – link

She married her husband during the war. Her Husband known as Jack or Mack moved to Capel after the war and commenced a general store and tea rooms in Forrest Road. James Oliver was his partner. He was also involved with Scouts and the local P & C. He sold the tearooms to the James Family when they came to live in Capel. He then moved across the road, where he opened a gun and electrical shop. Here you could buy ammunition, get your gun mended or buy a fridge or radio. Doris and John raised three boys whilst in Capel River. Eventually Mack and Doris moved to Bunbury, where Mack worked in an electrical shop. He kept his licence to repair and sell guns. This business he ran from their home. Doris was interested in art and was a member of Stirling Street Art Centre in Bunbury, where she studied pottery, she even had her own kiln at home.  Both she and Jack were members of the Capel RSL.  Doris was especially interested in her role as a home maker.  She lived for 83 years.

 

Story compiled by researcher JT (member of the CDCP team)

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