Lt-Colonel George Dunlop OBE MC

At the beginning of the Second World War, Dunlop was serving in Hong Kong with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots. But he volunteered for a dangerous secret mission in Burma, leading a team of 9 men, with the intention of providing a distraction for the Japanese while other groups caused damage elsewhere. He linked up with Orde Wingate and he and his men became Chindits. He was a physically tough man with a capacity to think outside the box, but at the end of his time in Burma he weighed just 6 stone and suffered from several tropical diseases.

George Dickson Dunlop was born in Calcutta on 6th April 1917. When his father died in 1926 he and his 5 siblings returned to Edinburgh with their mother and her new husband. He was commissioned into the Royal Scots in 1936 and posted to the 1st Battalion in Catterick. A year later they were in Palestine where George won the MC for protecting the village of Irtah from Arab attack.

After the war he served in Greece during the civil war of 1948, as a liason officer with the Greek army. From 1962 to 1965 he commanded the Singapore Guard Regiment which consisted of Malays, but was officered by the British. After the army he ran an outward Bound centre in Loch Eil, then joined the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. He had a very extensive knowledge of Scotland and its history. He was popular with everyone who knew him, being kind natured and lacking pomposity. He married Aline in 1944 and had two daughters. He lived to the age of 83 and died in December 2000.

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