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Denis Dunlop, First Master at Walhampton, 1958-1977

Reflecting back on the life of Denis Dunlop, who taught at Walhampton for 18 years.

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Denis Dunlop was the son of the late Canon and Mrs Dunlop of Oughterard Co., Galway, Ireland. He was born in Mussoorie,  India in 1919 and at the age of  7 returned to the U.K. He was educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire and The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1939 with the 2nd Battalion of the Garhwali Rifles and saw active service on the North West Frontier of India (now Pakistan), Burma and Malay. He was mentioned in despatches for gallantry in Burma. On India’s gaining independence he transferred to the Royal Artillery in the British Army. He qualified at the Staff College in Camberly and served on the General Staff at the War Office and Southern Command.

On retiring from the Army in 1958 Denis took up teaching at Walhampton School in Hampshire for 18 years setting up it’s Science Department and becoming First Master. He was a keen videographer and has captured footage of many Walhampton events during the 1960s which, on conversion to digital format, will be available on our school archive. 

In 1977 he retired and he and his wife Eleanor, who ran a stud of New Forest ponies in the New Forest, emigrated to New Zealand and set up a New Forest Pony stud there.

Denis was a very keen sportsman and lover of the outdoors. He loved trout fishing , wing shooting (he was a Forest Gun) and hunting with foxhounds. He enjoyed many sports including rugby, field hockey, soccer, tennis, skiing, sailing and rifle shooting. He was a keen nature lover and bird watcher who together with his wife raised considerable sums for the World Wildlife Fund. He and his wife were also very keen supporters of the Pony Club.

In April 1995 Denis and Eleanor came to the USA from New Zealand to be nearer the family. Eleanor died in 2002. Denis spent his final active years as a Hospice volunteer and looking after his wildlife garden on his property in Columbus, North Carolina, USA.  He passed away on 20th February, 2010. He is survived by his brother Brian of Wiltshire., his daughter Annette Murphy of Landrum, South Carolina, USA his son John of Sway, Hants and John’s son, Ryan and daughter, Shelley.