Captain Frederick Cleave Strickland Dunlop

1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment

Died: 8th November 1914

Age: 36

Frederick Cleave Strickland Dunlop, Dr. Dunlop’s fourth son, was born in Jersey, 14th December, 1877. He entered [Victoria] College in 1888 and left in 1896, getting his football colours in his last year. On leaving school he was gazetted to the [3rd (South) Battalion, Royal Militia Island of Jersey] and just before reaching his twentieth birthday was appointed to The Manchester Regiment, then at Gibraltar. The 1st  [Battalion, The Manchester Regiment] were ordered to Natal prior to the outbreak of the Boer War. During the Siege of Ladysmith, Dunlop acquitted himself with credit as Transport Officer, and was twice sent to the Boer lines with despatches. After the relief of Ladysmith he took part in the operations in Lydenburg, subsequently receiving the Queen’s Medal with three clasps. He was gazetted Captain in 1901. From 1902 to 1905 he was Adjutant to the 4th Battalion at Cork, and then went back to the 1st Battalion at Primalgherry. From ’06 to ’11 he was Adjutant of The Malabar Rifles, rejoining his regiment at Delhi during the Coronation Durbar.

At the beginning of the War the 1st [Battalion, The Manchester Regiment] were ordered to the front, and on 8th November, 1914, Dunlop met his death from a sniper’s bullet at La Bassée, three weeks to the day from his landing in France.

He married on 13th October, 1902, Maud McClure, daughter of Surgeon-General JT Williams, Madras Medical Service, of Heathfield, Jersey, and leaves a son and daughter.

(The text above appeared in the Book of Remembrance of Victoria College in 1920)

He was from a Jersey family of 8 brothers who all entered military service! The eldest a medical officer in West Africa, next a Natal Mounted Police Officer, next an Boer War veteran and Indian Army Captain – all were dead by 1912. Next two (including Frederick below) and youngest – were killed in action in WW1. The remaining two, Boer and WW1 veterans who survived and became magistrates in Natal. When, after the First World War, Victoria College re-organised the 4 Houses which all boys joined upon entering the College, Dunlop was one of those Houses together with Braithewaite, Bruce and Sartorius. A fifth House Diarmid, was added in the 1990s. All the Houses are named after Old Victorians with military connections  and which will be the subject of a separate blog.

The link to the Channel Islands Great War Study Group: