Hugh Kirkwood DUNLOP

Regiment:               Northumberland Fusiliers, Training Reserve
                               Btn 84                                 
                               formerly Royal Garrison Artillery, Ross
                               Mountain Battery                                
                               formerly Royal Garrison Artillery, 4th
                               Highland Mountain Brigade, Bute Mountain

Rank & Number:    
Private 56046 (NF); Sergeant 5002 (RMB);
                               Gunner 2388 (BMB) 

Born:                       30 January 1886; Fairlie  

1966; Irvine  


HUGH KIRKWOOD DUNLOP was born 30 Jan 1886 in Fairlie, to parents James, a forester, and Mary Kirkwood (who married in Kilbirnie on 9 Jun 1880).  He died, aged 80, in Irvine in 1966.  

On 31 Dec 1910 in Largs, Hugh K. Dunlop (24, ship carpenter, of  Bay St., Fairlie) married Agnes Hamilton Macrae  

In the 1891 Census, Hugh, aged 5, is living living Bay Street, Fairlie with parents James (54, b. Wigtown, labourer in ship yard), and Mary (45, b. Kilbirnie) and sister Agnes (8m)  

In the 1901 Census, aged 15 and an apprentice draughtsman, he is living Bay Street, Fairlie with parents Jas (64, estate labourer) and Mary (53), and sister Agnes (10)   In the 1911 Census, he is aged 25 and a ship carpenter, and is living Arran View, Bay Street, Fairlie with wife Agnes H (25, m 1 year).    


Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (Dunlop, Gr Hugh, Arran View, Fairlie, Bute Mountain Battery).  He attested in the R.G.A., Bute Mountain  Battery, at Largs on 23 Jan 1914 (2388 Hugh Dunlop, aged 28, of Arran View, Fairlie, ship's carpenter at Fife Yard, nok wife Agnes McCrae). He was embodied on 5 Aug 1914, but discharged as medically unfit on 23 Nov 1914 at Bedford training camp.  

He then attested in the R.G.A., Ross Mountain Battery, at Rothesay on 1 Dec 1914 and was promoted Sergeant (5002 Hugh K. Dunlop, aged 27yrs 11m, carpenter).  On 14 Jan 1916, he was tried at District Court Martial for stealing money, reduced to ranks and imprisoned for six months hard labour.   

On 21 Jun 1916 he was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers T.R. Btn. 84 (56046 Pte. H.K. Dunlop, ship carpenter, home address Arran View, Fairlie).   On 2 Oct 1917 he was transferred Class W (civil employment) and despatched to Ardrossan to report for employment at Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co.  He was discharged on 27 Mar 1919. 

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

10 April 1915 

We are pleased to learn that Lance Corporal Hugh Dunlop, Ross Battery, R.G.A., has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Battery.  Well done Hughie!  

14 August 1915
Sergeant Hugh Dunlop recently underwent a course in field training and gained 89 marks per cent.  

16 October 1915
We notice that Sergeant Hugh Dunlop has been doing well in the aquatic sports line.  At a recent swimming gala held in the Stewart Baths, Rothesay, confined to members of the 2/4th Highland Brigade, RGA, and the 2/1st Highland Division Ammunition column, RFA, he carried off two firsts and one second prize, while his team won the relay race.

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