2nd Lieutenant Herbert Dunn

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Herbert Dunn

Herbert Dunn was born in Glasgow on 11th April 1882 to Helen Turner (1842-1917) and James Dunn (1833-1886), a fish merchant who died when Herbert was only 4 years old. Herbert was one of thirteen children; Jessie, David, Margaret, Turner, Lucy, Helen, Mary, Katharine, James, Florence, Frederick and Bannatyne. Herbert received his early education at Sedburgh Boarding School in Cumbria and the Glasgow Academy on Great Western Road before attending university.

During his time at the University of Glasgow Herbert stayed at 20 Park Circus in the West End and first graduated MA in 1903. In 1907 he graduated Bachelor of Divinity after taking classes in Hebrew, Biblical Criticism, Divinity, Church History and Theology. In the same year he obtained a prize for his essay on Ecclesiastes, under Professor James Robertson and received another in his Church History class, under Professor James Cooper.

After leaving university Herbert was licenced by the Presbytery of Glasgow and was an assistant at West Parish in Greenock. He was ordained on the 8th September 1909 and became Minister of Sheuchan parish church in Stranraer. On the 1st December 1914 he enlisted in the Sportsman’s Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and served the parish until the 16th April 1915 when he was commissioned as 2nd lieutenant and joined the 8th Cameronians in Gallipoli on the 18th August.

2nd Lieutenant Reverend Herbert Dunn died on the 25th October 1915 of gastroenteritis at No 19 General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, aged 33. Herbert Dunn was a well-respected man among the community and was commemorated with a number of memorials. In 1916 a plaque was erected in his honour in the Stranraer parish church and he appears on other memorials in the Glasgow Necropolis and on the Scottish Ministers War Memorial in the St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. He was also remembered in the Sedbergh Chronicle in 1915:

‘He was the second of three brothers who were all in Evans House, under Mr. Mackie. Herbert entered in September, 1897, and left, as Prefect, in July 1900. He was a most popular boy, with a fine sense of humour and inexhaustible fund of energy and good spirits…the news of his death from gastro-enteritis was received with the greatest regret in Stranraer, where his kindly disposition and sympathetic nature had endeared him to all his parishioners’.


2nd Lieutenant Herbert Dunn
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 8th Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
Degree: BD
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
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