Son of Captain W. W. Dunlop, 67th Regiment, Colonel Dunlop was born in 1877, and was educated at Tonbridge School. In June 1896, he enlisted in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and went with them to Malta the same year. He served in the occupation of Crete in 1897-98 and afterwards in Egypt and in Hong Kong, where he took part in the Police operations, which arose out of the occupation of the Kowloon Hinterland.
When a Lance Sergeant, he received a Commission in The Worcestershire Regiment, and proceeded to South Africa in May
He was Assistant Provost Marshal at Winburg, O.R.C., for a year, and then joined the 1st Battalion at Nicksburg, O.R.C.
In 1902 he brought home the first batch of reservists to Worcester, and then returned to Bloemfontein. He came home with the 1st Battalion to Templemore in 1903, and was promoted Captain in November 1904.
When the 1st Battalion was in Portobello Barracks, Dublin, in 1908, he married Alice, daughter of the Rev. A. MacLaughlin, and they accompanied this Battalion to Bordon at the end of the year.
He was at the Staff College in 1910-11, and in 1912 was appointed Staff Captain, (A.G.’s Branch), at the War Office.
In 1913 he joined the 5th Division at the Curragh as Staft Captain, and when they mobilized in August, 1914, became D.A.Q.M.G. of the Division, and remained in this capacity until 1915, when he proceeded to the Dardanelles as D.A.Q.M.G., G.H.Q., Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, later becoming A.Q.M.G. On completion of the operations in Gallipoli he returned to England in 1916, and was given command of the 20th Service Bn. Middlesex Regiment, which he took to France in June of that year.
Lieut.-Colonel F. P. Dunlop CBE, DSO