James McGurk was born in Cookstown. The family moved to live in Glasgow. He and his wife Matilda had five children. James appears to have enlisted first in August 1914 for one year in 3rd Royal Scots (Depot Battalion). Private James McGurk was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Scots when he died of wounds on Thursday 25th February 1915. He was 36 years old.
From Ieper town centre the Dikkebusseweg (N375), is reached via Elverdingsestraat, straight over a roundabout onto J.Capronstraat (for 30 metres), then left along M.Fochlaan. Immediately after the train station, the first right hand turning is the Dikkebusseweg. On reaching the village of Dikkebus, the cemetery is located on the Kerkstraat, which is a small street turning left off the Dikkebusseweg. 200 metres along this street, and just beyond the village church, lies the cemetery.