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   Captain George Malcolm Dunlop
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/01/1889
Died: 25/04/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
George Malcolm Dunlop was the son of Dr. Archibald Dunlop of St Helen’s, Holywood, County Down, and Mrs. Bessie Dunlop (nee Gunning-Moore) formerly of Cookstown, and nephew of Mr. J.B. Gunning-Moore, Coolnafranky, Cookstown. George was educated at Cheltenham and joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1906. He was promoted to Captain in December 1914. He was killed in action on 25th April 1915 and is commemorated on special memorial A 46 at ‘V’ Beach Cemetery, Turkey
Further Information
George Malcolm Dunlop was the son of Dr Archibald Dunlop and Bessie Dunlop (nee Gunning-Moore). George was born on 13th January 1889 in Holywood, County Down.
His mother Elizabeth Gunning Moore was originally from Cookstown. George was the nephew of Mr J B Gunning-Moore of Coolnafranky, Cookstown.
Family: Archibald Dunlop, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dunlop, John Gunning Moore (born 14 November 1885), Elizabeth Dorothea (born 9 October 1886), George Malcolm (born 13 January 1889).
From his previous marriage in 1861 to Elizabeth Jane Stanton (nee Henry), Archibald Dunlop had at least three older children. Shuldham Henry Dunlop (born around 1863, married Marion Christina Gunning on 30 June 1891 in Derryloran Parish Church of Ireland Church Cookstown), Archibald Samuel Dunlop (born 27 December 1864), Violet Madeline (born 22 June 1872 and married Elliott Hill on 5 October 1898 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland).
George attended Cheltenham College from 1904.
In 1907 he attended the R.M.C. and joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
George Dunlop received his first commission on 6th February 1909, obtaining his step on 15th June 1910.
Medal card
At the outbreak of war he was stationed in Madras, India, but was rapidly recalled and arrived back to Plymouth on December 21st 1914.
George Dunlop was promoted to Captain in December 1914.
They were then attached to the 86th Brigade, 29th Division and sent to Egypt on 16th March 1915, which was the holding and training camp for the Gallipoli Campaign.
They were only there a short time before being sent to Mudros on the Greek Island of Lemnos, which was to be the stepping off point for the attacks.
Most of these soldiers had not seen any action yet. In fact many of them had spent most of the war at sea, travelling from the subcontinent and antipodes to England, then back out to the Mediterranean.
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers were involved in the landings at what was codenamed 'V' Beach where a variety of amphibious transport was used. The ‘Dubliners’ were sent ashore from HMS Clyde in small open boats but the Turks were ready for them and they suffered murderous fire both in their approach and when they got ashore.
Captain Dunlop was the battalion's machine gun officer and the Battalion's History, ‘Blue Caps’ records the events form when they landed:-
‘They were met by a perfect tornado of fire. The machine-gun detachment worked desperately to get their guns ashore but they were nearly all killed or wounded; both the officers, Captain Dunlop and Lieutenant Corbet, were killed.’
Captain George Malcolm Dunlop was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 4th May 1915: Holywood Officer Killed – The Late Captain G M Dunlop
Another well-known officer killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 25th April, the day on which the Allied forces ;landed in the Gallipoli Peninsula, was Captain George Malcolm Dunlop, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, youngest son of the late Dr Archibald Dunlop, and Mrs Dunlop, St Helens, Holywood. The deceased, who was 26 years of age, was educated at Cheltenham, and received his first commission on 6th February 1909, obtaining his step on 15th June 1910, and being promoted to Captain in December last. It may be recalled that his brother, Second Lieutenant John Gunning Moore Dunlop, who also belonged to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, fell in action at Clarg on 27th August last. Captain Dunlop’s mother, who has been in London for the past six months, is expected home in a fortnight. Mrs Dunlop, who was formerly Miss Moore, of Dalchoolin, is now left with only one child of the marriage, a daughter, but has three step-children – Colonel Archibald Dunlop, stationed at St Albans, Dr Shuldam Dunlop, who is in Australia, and Mrs Elliott Hill, of Fairholme, Helen’s Bay. Deep sympathy will be extended to her in her bereavement
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th May 1915: Captain G M Dunlop
Captain George Malcolm Dunlop, of the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 25th April, the day of the landing of the Allied forces in the Gallipoli Peninsula. The deceased was the youngest and last surviving son of Mrs Dunlop, St Helens, Holywood, sister of Mr J B Gunning Moore, D.L., Coolnafranky. The telegram from the War Office conveying the sad intelligence has just been received at St Helens, and the news was immediately forwarded to Mrs Dunlop, who has been in London for the past six months, but who is expected home in a fortnight. The blow is all the more severe in so much as the deceased’s brother, Second Lieutenant J G M Dunlop, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was killed in France last August. Mrs Dunlop is now left with only one child of the marriage, a daughter, but has three step-children – Colonel Archibald Dunlop, stationed at St Albans, Dr Shuldam Dunlop, who is in Australia, and Mrs Elliott Hill, of Fairholme, St Helen’s Bay. The deceased officer was 25 years of age, and was educated at Cheltenham. He joined the Dublin Fusiliers in 1906, and received his captaincy last December. We are sure we express the universal feeling in Cookstown in tendering our sympathy to Mr Gunning Moore in this double bereavement.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 28th July 1916: Holywood Officer’s Will
Captain George Malcolm Dunlop, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, of St Helens, Holywood, County Down, who was killed at the Dardanelles, on 25th April 1915, aged 20 years, has left personal estate in the United Kingdom of the value of £15,045 9s 7d,. Probate of the will, dated 31st December 1914, is granted to Mrs Bessie Dunlop, the deceased’s mother. The testator gives £100 to Captain David French, £500 to his sister Elizabeth Dorothea; £100 each to his cousins, John and Laura Lenox Conyngham; his share and interest in Cookstown Courthouse to his half-brother, Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Samuel Dunlop; £100 to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers association, and the residue of the property to his mother.
Captain G M Dunlop is commemorated on special memorial A 46 at ‘V’ Beach Cemetery at Gallipoli in Turkey.
This grave photo was taken by the Friends of the Somme Mid Ulster Branch on a visit to Gallipoli in September 2014.
Captain George Malcolm Dunlop was the brother of 2nd Lieutenant John Gunning Moore Dunlop who was killed in action on 27th August 1914.
In his will, he left the majority of his substantial wealth to his mother, Mrs Bessie Dunlop.
Mrs Dunlop, who was formerly Miss Gunning Moore, of Dalchoolin, was left with only one child of the marriage; a daughter called Elizabeth Dorothea, but had three step-children – Colonel Archibald Dunlop, stationed at St Albans, Dr Shuldam Dunlop, who is in Australia, and Mrs Elliott Hill, of Fairholme, Helen’s Bay.
The CWGC record Captain George Malcolm Dunlop as the son of Archibald Dunlop, M.D. and of Bessie Dunlop, of St. Helen's, Holywood, County Down.
It seems doubtful that Captain George Malcolm Dunlop ever lived in the Cookstown area.
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1 2nd Lieut John Gunning Moore Dunlop Brother of Captain George Malcolm Dunlop
2 1901 Census lists Dunlop family 1901 census does not list George as living with the family at house 64 in High Street, Holywood, Down
3 Barry Niblock - North Down & Ards Details of Captain G Dunlop
4 Cheltenham College school trip to V Beach, Gallipoli
5 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Captain G Dunlop and his brother
6 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here.
7 National Archives UK More details of Captain G Dunlop can be purchased here.
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