Samuel Dunlop


About Samuel

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    04 August 1881
  • Birth town
    Riccarton, Hurlford, Ayrshire
  • Resided town
    Hurlford, Ayrshire
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Kilmarnock, Scotland
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders


We have traced a service record for Samuel and although the signature is not a perfect match there are enough similarities to believe that he could be Samuel Dunlop who was born in Hurlford, Ayrshire in 1881, the son of Alexander and Jane (nee Lambie).  Samuel was one of at least thirteen children and in 1891 and 1901 the family were living at Academy Street, Riccarton, Hurlford, Ayrshire.  Samuel’s father was a coalminer, as were his three older brothers in 1891.  By 1901, Samuel was also a coalminer and some of his younger brothers were working in the fireclay industry and two of his sisters were in domestic service.

Samuel married Margaret Elizabeth Kennedy at Creetown on 27 February 1903, and lived at Mauchline Road, Hurlford.  They had three children, Sarah (1903), Jane (1906) and James (1909).

Samuel attested on 11 December 1915 and transferred to the Reserves.  He was mobilised at Stirling on 2 August 1916, and joined the 2/7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as part of the Stirlingshire Territorial Force Association.  He was 5’10” tall with a 38in chest and weighed 159lbs.

On 7 September 1916, Samuel was admitted to the Field Hospital at Witton Camp in Cambridgeshire with a suspected fractured fibula.  This turned out to be a sprain and after four days he was transferred to the Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge where he remained for 109 days until 28 December 1916, when he returned to his unit.

Samuel passed through Peterborough East Station on 29 March 1917, and wrote in the visitors’ book “Full up inside” Thanks to the Ladies of The Soldiers & Sailors Rest’.

In July 1917, he transferred to the 2/6th Battalion.  Samuel embarked for France on 8 January 1918, and transferred to the 2nd Battalion and then to the 1/8th Battalion in April 1919.  He was demobilised on 4 August 1919, when he was with the 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 100th Infantry Brigade.  His specialist military qualification was as a military bandmaster.  Samuel was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals.

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