Among the grieving parents, in the community of 7,000 people, are a part-time grocer's assistant, an electrician, the widow of a university professor, and an employee at the local water treatment works, whose family had moved to Scotland only six months ago.
The Dunn family arrived in Dunblane after Martyn, 37, took up a job at the Purac water treatment plant in Stirling. Barbara, 38, joined him last September with Alex, three, and Charlotte, 5, in time for her to start the new term at the school where a nightmare unfolded this week.
Their former neighbours in Cradley, West Midlands, remembered Charlotte, who was among the children shot fatally on Tuesday morning, as a happy and pretty little girl, who was adored by her parents. "She used to play in the paddling pool in our garden in the summer, she was a great kid," said Stephen Jones.
The news of Charlotte's death was broken to pupils at her former school in Cradley yesterday morning by Philip Raybould, the head teacher. Her former class teacher was among those who were devastated by the news. Mr Raybould said: "Charlotte had sent a letter to her a few weeks ago saying she loved it in Scotland, but she was missing everybody."
There was also bewilderment among the neighbours who remembered the children who played along their streets in Dunblane. Two of the dead children, Brett McKinnon, 6, whose mother works at the local grocer's, and Joanna Ross, 5, lived on George Street, where they were often seen together.
Joanna's father, Kenneth, who works as an electrician, said: "She was the apple of my eye. She was just snapped away."
For Dr Kathryn Morton, a cytologist who was working at the Stirling Royal Infirmary when the casualties arrived from Dunblane, it was a particularly cruel way to discover the tragedy at the school her daughter Emily, 5, attended.
She dropped her professional duties to join the other parents in the agonising wait to learn what had become of their children, only to find Emily was among the dead. Alan Hunter, chief executive at the hospital, said: "Every member of staff in the hospital is deeply saddened by the death of Kathryn's daughter."
On Springfield Terrace, neighbours remembered John Petrie, 5, the only child of Ellen and Sandy, who works for a plastics company. "He was a lovely wee boy. When I went out to walk my boxer dog, Ben, little John would come up to him to say hello," said Vivien Pope, tearfully. "He was sweet because he was a bit scared of him at first, but he got braver and had begun to reach out to pat him."
The parents were only beginning the struggle to accept that their children, whose toys still filled their bedrooms, would not be coming home. Victoria Clydesdale's mother, Lynne, remembered: "She said six bye-byes to me as she went down the path to school. Now I'll never see her again."
aged 6, from Springfield
Moved to Dunblane from
the West Midlands with
her parents, and younger
brother Alex, aged three,
six months ago. She wrote to her old school last
month to tell them she
loved it in Scotland, but
was missing everybody.
Joanna Ross, aged 5, from George Street.
Her mother, Pamela, a bank worker, gave birth to a baby daughter three months ago. Her father, Kenneth, 32, an electrician, said: "She was the apple of my eye. She was just snapped away. I just can't believe it." Joanna was often seen playing locally with Brett McKinnon.
Mhairi McBeath, aged 5, from Kilbryde
Her mother, Isobel, was at a memorial service for her husband, a
professor at Stirling
University who died of a stroke last year, when she learned of her daughter's death.
Clydesdale, aged 5, from
Her mother, Lynne, wanted her to stay off school on the day of the tragedy because she had a rash, but Victoria insisted because she loved gym lessons.
Her mother said: "She said six bye-byes to me as she went down the path to school. Now I'll never see her again.
Sophie North, aged 5, from Bridgend.
Father's name Michael.
Her mother died of cancer two years ago.
aged 5, from Doune Road
Her mother, Dr Kathryn
Morton - a cytologist at at
Stirling Royal Infirmary,
where dead and injured
children were taken - heard of the tragedy as the
Crozier, aged 5, from Montrose Way.
The daughter of Alison and John. Her red toy spade lay on the garden path where she had left it. She was described by a neighbour yesterday as being "lively, charming and bright". She often used to play in her neighbour's garden with her toddler brother, Jack.
Hannah Scott, aged 5, from Ochiltree.
Ross Irvine, aged 5, from Atholl Place.
Currie, aged 5, from Braemar
Parents Graham and Helen. Her young brother told people: "My sister has been killed. She is dead. The bad man did it at
Kevin Hasell, aged 5, from
His grandmother, Betty Hassell, said: "We just can't believe what's
happened to our wee Kevin. It's unreal.
It's just a nightmare." His best friend was Robbie Hurst, aged 5, who escaped unscathed when Hamilton opened fire on the children.
aged 5, from Springfield
He was the only child of Sandy and Ellen. Sandy, 44, works for a plastics company. John was described by his neighbour as a "lovely wee boy with a cheeky face". He was close friends with Brett McKinnon, who also died.
McKinnon, aged 6, from George Street.
Mother Heather, separated, worked as a part-time
assistant in the local
grocers. "Brett was always immaculate but he was a typical wee boy too, he was always enjoying himself," said a friend. He and John Petrie used to visit the
local pet shop together on their bicycles.
aged 5, from Menteith View.
Catholic priest, Canon
Basil O' Sullivan, helped
the family identify his body.
He said: "David was
dressed in white, and
looked like a little angel."
aged 5, from
Her parents, Elizabeth
and Duncan, and her two sisters, had just moved
back to Scotland from
the Far East.
Megan Turner, aged 5, from Backcroft.
Her mother Karen, 31, is a nursery nurse and her father, Willie, 37, works in an electrical shop. They have a son, Duncan, aged 3. Her mother said: "She was so full of life, always jumping and running. She stood on her head more than she stood on her feet. She was wonderful and she was so, so special to us."Reuse content