William James Frederick Dunlop

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Lieutenant-Commander William James Frederick Dunlop, R.N. (27 June, 1885 – 25 July, 1924) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Westfield by Ayr, in Ayrshire.

Dunlop was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1907.[1]

Dunlop fractured his left fibula while serving in Bellerophon, requiring his admission to Portland Hospital on 11 March 1910. He was found fit on 15 May. On 2 November, 1911 he was superseded and was appointed to the Beagle Class destroyer Wolverine as first officer. He stayed in her until moving over to provide the same services in the destroyer Nautilus on 6 August, 1912. On 28 October, 1912, Dunlop was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 6.[2]

Dunlop was appointed in command of the destroyer Leven on 20 January, 1914.[3]

Dunlop was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1916.

On 5 November 1917, Dunlop was acquitted in a Court Martial on a charge of negligence for allowing the armed yacht U.S.S. Nahma to fire on an Italian submarine. He pled guilty, however, at a second Court Martial held at the end of the month to a charge of being drunk on board H.M.S. Hart. He was deprived of one year's seniority and dismissed Narcissus.

On 2 April 1918, Dunlop was appointed to the first class protected cruiser Gibraltar. In mid 1919, her Captain Humphrey Thomas Walwyn requested that Dunlop be removed from the ship for an excessive wine bill. Walwyn was told that Dunlop could not be removed on this report, but that if restriction or stoppage of his drinking did not produce results, further disciplinary action should be taken. Dunlop eventually was superseded at the end of the year.


Dunlop was placed on the Retired List with a gratuity on 19 April, 1920.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ronald M. Fraser
Captain of H.M. T.B. 6
28 Oct, 1912[4] – 20 Jan, 1914
Succeeded by
Albert E. Dixie
Preceded by
Kenneth A. Beattie
Captain of H.M.S. Leven
20 Jan, 1914[5] – 9 Aug, 1915
Succeeded by
Colin S. Thomson
Preceded by
Walter L. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Achates
9 Aug, 1915 – 12 Aug, 1915
Succeeded by
Reginald B. C. Hutchinson
Preceded by
Reginald B. C. Hutchinson
Captain of H.M.S. Liberty
12 Aug, 1915[6] – 24 Oct, 1915
Succeeded by
Philip W. S. King
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Narcissus
24 Oct, 1915[7] – Nov, 1915
Succeeded by
Neil Nicolson


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 23.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 400.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 347.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 401.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 395l.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395l.
  7. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395v.