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Lieutenant Charles Dunlop, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Lieutenant Charles Dunlop, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died at Versailles from wounds received earlier during the Battle of the Aisne.

The elder son of Fleet Surgeon James Dunlop R.N., he attended Friends School in Lisburn and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (he was the first from that school to die in the Great War). He then attended Sandhurst Military Academy, and was sent to the front shortly after graduating, having been gazetted as Lieutenant in September of 1914.

During the Battle of the Aisne he was grievously wounded and was waiting for amputation surgery; it was reported that his main concern was discovering the fate of his horse, of whom he was particularly fond. He had been taken to Versailles for treatment, but sadly could not be saved. A school friend of his who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps wrote: "Charles was the most noble-minded, the most honourable of boys, the most upright of men, and the truest friend. He was my oldest and best friend and no-one could have had better. According to the testimony of his fellows, he did his work nobly and bravely and his example and courage in the field will long remain a bright spot in the memory of those whose fortune it was to serve under him." Lieutenant Dunlop is buried in the Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles, at Yvelines in France. He is also commemorated on the Lisburn War Memorial.

Charles, from Ballylesson in County Down, was 22 years old.

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