Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Pine Bush, New Zealand

General information

Last known residence:
Gore, Southland, New Zealand
Cheese maker

Army information

New Zealand
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
 —  Otago Regiment, 3rd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Cameron Covert, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Plot: special Memorial IX
Row: AA
Grave: 13

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Corporal Thomas Dunlop was already 31 years of age, when he enlisted the 3rd Battalion of the Otago Regiment part of the New Zealand Division.
The former cheesemaker lived in the town of Gore, New Zealand with his wife and three children.

In November 1917, just beyond the New Zealand Divisional boundary a well-marked spur ran eastward like a finger from the edge of the general plateau down to the flats. On the north its sides drained into the Reutelbeek and on the south to the corresponding valley of the Scherriabeek.
The British line had been arrested at the edge of the plateau, and the spur remained in German possession. From it the enemy not only enfiladed the forward trenches about Cameron Covert and Reutel, but fully commanded and incessantly harasses the whole of the British approaches to this sector of the front. On it were perched the piled ruins of Polderhoek Chateau and groups of pillboxes which occupied sites of the attached buildings amid the shattered trees of the once luxuriant and beautiful pleasances. The Ypres Battle had seen 3 assaults delivered on the spur, and the Chateau had been temporarily won, but only to be lost again to German counter-attacks.

For the satisfactory occupation of the Division’s sector, it was highly desirable that a fresh effort should be made to capture the Polderhoek Spur.

On the night of the 14th-15th November 1917 the New Zealand Division had relieved the 21st Division in its holding of the line from the Reutelbeek in the south to Noordemdhoek in the north, the Otago Regiment, now as part of the 2nd Brigade, being then in Divisional reserve at Chateau Segard. On the night of the 25th-26th November, as previously indicated, the Division entered into possession of the sector immediately to the right, the 2nd Battalion of Canterbury occupying the front line.

It was during these preparations that Corporal Thomas Dunlop, 32 years of age, was killed in action near Cameron Covert where he was buried immediately by his mates.
Later his body was exhumed and reburied at Buttes New British Cemetery, Special Memorial IX, row AA, grave 13.

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Sources 8

"Official History of the Otago Regiment, NZEF in the Great War 1914-1918", Bryne A.E., 2nd Edition, The Naval & Military Press Ltd Unit, Uckfield E.S. Uk, p 230-232
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