Dr. John Bryce McMurrich was born on the 1st of May, 1871. He was the eldest of 8 children born to George Playfair McMurrich and the former Minnie Drummond. At the time of his birth, his parents resided at 106 John Street in Toronto, Ontario and his father was a merchant. His siblings were; George, Helen, Arthur, Percy, Minnie, Jessie and Gladys. He received his primary education in Toronto and graduated M.D. from Trinity Medical College in 1896.
He was listed in the Kent County Business Directory, published in 1900, as practicing in Bothwell, Ontario.
He married Beatrice Worts Miles in Toronto on the 9th of January, 1907. Her parents were Robert Worts Miles and Margaret Elizabeth Miles. She was born in Toronto on the 1st of December, 1879. At the time of her birth, her parents were living at 539 Church Street.
Dr. and Mrs. McMurrich had one daughter, Margaret Drummond McMurrich born on the 23rd of March, 1908. At the time of her birth the McMurrich family were residing at 130 Delaware Ave., in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. McMurrich enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corp, during World War I, on the 2nd of April, 1916 with the rank of Captain. On a return trip from Liverpool, England to New York, on the 11th of January, 1924, Dr. McMurrich was listed as a surgeon.
Dr. McMurrich died in Jarrow, London, England on the 28th of December, 1925. At the time of his death, his wife resided at 131 Imperial St., in Toronto. Mrs. McMurrich died on the 19th of September, 1965. They are buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.