John George Dunlop – what collaboration can achieve

Since writing my earlier posts on John George Dunlop I’ve had descendants of members of the Dunlop family contact me.  George (as I believe he was known) must have been a prolific writer.  Letters have turned up from Australia and Ireland that he wrote to family members, along with more poems that he wrote and additional photos of him.

John George Dunlop in his Irish Guards Uniform


This photo of John George Dunlop was taken in Capetown, South Africa in 1939.  He is in his Irish Guards Uniform.  His medal’s whereabouts are known.  I was sent photos of these after my previous post on him.   They went from South Africa to Ireland after his death.

Medals of John George Dunlop

The photo below is probably of him and his wife Winifred Mary Brenchley.  I wonder if there is a member of her family that could confirm this?    It was taken in the 1940s and probably in London.

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John George Dunlop probably with his wife Winifred Mary Brenchley

One of his letters written in the 1920s talks about family history.  Unfortunately only page one of the letter has survived in that family.  I wonder if anyone else out there has any letters from him or has Dunlop / Wilson / Thompson / Buchanan family trees or notes.  He spoke of his great grandmother going to America to visit her son Robert from her first marriage.  This confirms what is written in a partial family tree that has been handed down in our family but is not the one he talks about in his letter.  Apparently her (second) husband died while she was in America so she stayed there!


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This is one of his many poems.  They ranged in subject from a love in Ireland, the land in Ireland, the English flag and of Africa where he had made his home.

These photos, poems and parts of letters illustrate the collaborative value of family history and how writing this blog has brought extended members of the family into contact.  The families were obviously still very close in the first half of the 20th century.  I welcome contact from anyone interested in these families or who has their own photos, letters, poems etc to share.





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