Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 13th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Biography: Son of George McCurrach, farm servant ; born Findochty, 16 February 1881; educated Findochty Public School, where he was later a pupil teacher ; subsequently assistant at Stewart Thomson's Business College, Aberdeen. Entering Aberdeen University in October 1905 he graduated M.A. in 1908 and was appointed assistant in Whitehills Public School, Banffshire. Thereafter he became assistant in the Central School, Fraserburgh, and when he joined the Army was headmaster of Ruthven Public School, Cairnie, Banffshire. McCurrach enlisted in the 3rd Battalion Gordon Highlanders in April 1915, and on being commissioned in the following September was transferred to the 13th Battalion Highland Light Infantry. After training at Richmond, Yorks, he crossed to France, 16 June 1916, just when the notable forward movement from Albert was going on. He was attached to the 16th Highland Light Infantry and had only been about fifteen days in France when he was reported missing, and was believed killed, 1 July 1916. As a teacher his work was of a very high order and was favourably commented on in all the schools in which he taught. His military service was very short, but he devoted himself as keenly and as scrupulously to his soldiering as he had done to the teaching work that was more properly his.
Date of Death: 01 July 1916
Burial Details: Name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier 15, Face C.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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