INDENT Lieutenant Colonel ('Miralai Pasha') Norman Lace Corkill, C.M.G., M.M. (1898-1966), outstanding in the field of tropical medicine was educated at the Liverpool Institute. He joined the 2/6th Bn. Liverpool Regiment March, 1915 and served with them until 24 October 1918, when he left to be commissioned. Wiertzburg's History of the 2/6th Bn. mentions Corkill on a number of occasions and page 184 states, 'The next night (May 8th 1918) a very determined effort was made by Sergeant Corkill and three other scouts (Hill, Whelan, and Bradley) to obtain identification. Leaving our line from our left post in Oak Trench, they made their way across to a supposed enemy post at the junction of the road and the German front line trench; this they rushed, killing two of its occupants. Before they had time to do anything more, they were attacked by another post from the left flank. Seizing the machine gun in the post, they made off; but owing to two of the party being immediately wounded, and the check to their movements caused by the weight of the gun, they had to abandon it, and made the best of their way back to our line. For this very gallant little enterprise Corkill received the Military Medal.' (London Gazette 13.9.1918). Page 269 states 'After the Armentieres gas attack reorganisation became necessary, and first Cpl Harper, and later Sjt. Corkill and L/Cpl Darcy, were the leading scouts. It is invidious to pick out individuals from such a highly trained and enthusiastic party, but there can be no doubt that, taken all round, Sergeant Corkill was the very best of a good collection of men.'
Corkill gradated M.B. in 1925 and joined the Iraq Health Service as a Professor of Zoology with the Royal College of Medicine; was employed with the Sudan Medical Service, 1930-46, and from 1940-44 served with the Sudan Defence Force; as 'Miralai Corkill Pasha', he organised and led a Sudanese Field Ambulance which operated on the lines of communication in the Western Desert Campaign - the only armed unit of its type in the Middle East; appointed Minister of Health, Khartoum, 1944 (Order of the Nile) and Assistant Director Sudan Medical Service, 1945. After a brief period as Senior Lecturer in Tropical medicine at Liverpool, he returned to the Middle East and was appointed Quarantine Expert, Saudi Arabia, 1948-50; Health Advisor, Aden Protectorate Health Service for eleven years and was awarded the C.M.G. (1959) for his work there; Nutritional Consultant, World Health Organisation, Tehran. 1962-63 Doctor Corkill's 'Recreations' in Who's Who are given as 'snakes and folk medicine'