War of 1812people

William "Tiger" Dunlop


William Dunlop tends to the wounded after Lundy's Lane

William Dunlop came to Canada in 1813 as a 21 year-old assistant surgeon with the 89th British Foot. Like other memorable war doctors, he was faced with seemingly impossible tasks. After the battle of Chippawa, Dunlop worked alone on 220 men from both armies because the chief surgeon had been sent home and the chief assistant had fallen ill from fatigue. Apparently, Dunlop carried on alone for more than two full days, barely sitting down and stopping only to eat and change clothes.

Despite his dedication as a surgeon, Dunlop had seen enough blood for a lifetime during the war. He returned to England where he pursued journalism for a time, but eventually moved back to Canada to work with John Galt in the Canada Company. From 1841 until 1846 he represented Huron Riding in the Legislative Assembly. He died in 1848.