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.
For Anzac day I have found relatives, some close, some distant, who served in the Boer War and World War 1. They came from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America and England. Where possible I have included a photo of them. If you have a photo of anyone here I’d love a copy. Does anyone have their medals? Again I’d love a photo of them. If anyone knows of other family members who served in the Boer War or WW1 please let me know. A few of these men will feature in more detail in future blogs. I intend to create one later for all those who served in WW11 so any service files, photos or information would be gratefully received.
A few months ago while searching the Australian newspapers online, Trove, I came across an article in the Kyneton Guardian of 11 January 1917 mentioning the cousin of Cr. John McKnight (known as Johnny to family) and Mrs. M Moore (formerly Margaret Gregg McKnight) and thus nephew of Johnny and Margaret’s mother Sarah Jane Dunlop. Sarah Jane Dunlop married Alexander McKnight in Raphoe, Co Donegal, Ireland on 15 January 1857. They are my great great grandparents. For those of you who are family, they were Elsie McKnight’s grandparents.
Captain J G Dunlop was said to be serving in British East Africa but that his commission was awaiting him in Europe with the Royal Irish Rifles. He had served in the Boer war and in the operations in German South West Africa. He had taken part in four campaigns and was hoping to complete his fifth. It mentioned that he had been a captain under Major Maritz who had defected to the Germans but J G Dunlop had fortunately been sent by headquarters to military college and had escaped being a prisoner of war.