Students at Birmingham College of Art were often given the opportunity to produce their own commercially available publication. MacCuaig was 19 in 1941 when he produced illustrations for this commonly found text. He joined the RAF and was responsible for no further published illustrative work. Corporal MacCuaig, the son of Donald and Kathleen was buried in May 1946 at the Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery.

The fastidiously hatched dry line style was looking a bit fusty by 1941 (used by John Austen among others from the 1920's) but his clarity of composition and confidence of execution are evident.He stiudied with A.Michael Fletcher at Birmingham, then the Assistant Principal. Something of the Fletcher sculptural preferences in form are evident above.