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Dunlop, Brian John

Second Lieutenant Brian Dunlop, of the Grenadier Guards, fell in action on July 31st this year. We have been privileged in being allowed to see copies of letters sent from his brother officers, and all speak in the highest terms of this gallant gentleman. Colonel Sir Henry Streatfield writes of him as "a good young officer, a bright and charming comrade who was esteemed and appreciated by all ranks." A brother officer tells how at 5.0 a.m. on the morning of July 31st, the No. 3 Company, under Dunlop and two others, advanced to attack a position. By 9.0 a.m. they were within a few hundred yards of their objective, and at this point he was killed. Some time later, four of his company volunteered to go out under heavy shell fire and carry back his body which was buried in the British cemetery at Bluet Farm. Our sympathy goes out especially to his twin-brother who holds a commission in the same battalion, but who came out safely. Lieutenant Lionel Dunlop and his brother were both formerly at King's in the Faculty of Arts, having previously been educated at Charterhouse. Brian Dunlop was commissioned in September, 1916, and was nineteen years of age when he was killed. The Padre of his battalion says of him, "He was as usual leading his men forward, and was showing the greatest gallantry. If I may say so, his motto should have been, Sans peur et sans reproche. He was absolutely fearless and blameless. There are few boys who have been better loved by their battalion - both officers and men - than he was. He was always cheerful and a good companion; in fact, he was one of God's own." King's College Review, Dec. 1917

Biographical

Surname(s)Dunlop
First name(s)Brian John
Family details

Son of Mrs. and the late H. W. Dunlop, of Maisonnette, Earley, Reading

Previous educationCharterhouse
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / coursePreliminary Class
Military unitGrenadier Guards, 3rd Coy. 3rd Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death31 July 1917
Age at death19
Rank at deathLieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeBleuet Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; St Peter's Church, Earley, Reading
Sources

King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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