1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.121
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour56B GQS

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Family :

He is listed in the UK & Ireland Medical Directories as "
DUNBAR-BRUNTON, James, Manor House Leatherhead- M.B., C.M.Edin.1889;(Univ.Edin); Mem.Brit.Med.Assoc.; late Surg. Anchor Line S.S. Co. Contrib. "Use of Actaea Racemosa in Dysmenorrhoea and Ovarian Irritation," Practitioner, 1892; "The Poison-bearing Fishes, TrachinisDraco and Scorpoena Scorpha; the Effects of the Poison on Man and Animals and its Nature," Lancet, 1896; "The Use of Quinine in Suppositories," Brit. Med. Journ. 1896."

He married Charlotte Riley Bennett in 1893 and according to legal papers they lived for some time in Leatherhead Surrey and Sorrento, Italy. Unfortunately, by 1905 the marriage was dissolved by the Courts, James having had an adulterous affair with Alice Fountain, resulting in the issue of a child.

This record had previously listed Chisholm Dunbar-Brunton, which was incorrect. The family grave on "Find-a-Grave" shows the family connection.

He is a published author which is, perhaps, one of the reasons he became associated with the "Authors Lodge" of Freemasons. In addition to the medical papers listed above he is credited with Big Game Hunting in Central Africa 1st Edition 1912 Andrew Melrose (London). A portrait image of James can be found in this book. This publication makes reference to his some-time residence in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia); evidently a well-travelled man.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Not Yet Known 


Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

Probate BRUNTON James Dunbar of Boulevard Abbas Heliopolis Cairo Egypt M.D. M.Ch. died 24 September 1916 at rue Ambroise Sare 2 Paris Probate London 23 January to Herbert Andrew David Hain gentleman and James Balfour Allan Solicitor. Effects £246 17s. 7d.

The circumstances of his death recorded in the Southern Reporter 5th October, 1916 and the British Medical Journal

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Authors No. 3456 E.C.London

20th November 1912
20th November 1912
20th November 1912

Capt. J. Dunbar-Brunton is listed accordingly in the 1921 book and the 1940 scroll with this detail against Authors' Lodge. The register of the Lodge at the United Grand Lodge of England shows him listed as Dunbar Brunton (no hyphen and no J.), a 35 year old Author resident at or c/o the "Caledonian Club." This club would suggest a Scottish heritage. His previous lodge is not shown but it appears that he is a joining member from another constitution, the detail of which is indecipherable... [from Se....Caut..] The contribution record shows no explicit war service but does record that he "Died of Wounds 1916."

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