Michael McGurk was the son of Alice McGurk. He was born about 1886 in Pomeroy, County Tyrone. He was one of at least three children. The family moved to Belfast. Michael McGurk and Mary Ellen Bloomer were married on 6th June 1909 in Belfast. They lived in Norfolk Street in Belfast. Michael McGurk enlisted in Belfast, joining the Leinster Regiment. Private McGurk later transferred to the Labour Corps. Private Michael McGurk was serving with the 712th Company of the Labour Corps when he died of his wounds at Wimereux on Thursday 18th April 1918.
Wimereux is a small town situated about 5 kilometres north of Boulogne. From the centre of Boulogne take the A16 to Calais and come off at Junction 4. Take the road to Wimereux north, D242, for approximately 2 kilometres, following the road through the roundabout. Take the first turn on the left immediately after the roundabout and the Cemetery lies approximately 200 metres down this road on the left hand side. The Commonwealth War Graves are situated to the rear of the Communal Cemetery.