Council cash for VC commemorations

Bert Hannah who has been leading the plans to commemorate Robert Dunsire
Bert Hannah who has been leading the plans to commemorate Robert Dunsire

Councillors in Levenmouth have agreed to funding of £5500 to help commemorate the area’s only Victoria Cross recipient, Robert Dunsire.

The department for communities and local government has arranged for all towns which had a VC recipient to receive a special commemorative stone.

Robert Dunsire from Buckhaven who was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal on September 26, 1915.

Robert Dunsire from Buckhaven who was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal on September 26, 1915.

Fife Council was tasked with supporting events to mark each VC award, and in Buckhaven a local organising committee, led by Bert Hannah, has been hard at work setting up the local event which is due to take place in September. It has already been decided that Dunsire’s stone will be placed in Toll Park, Muriedge, Buckhaven.

The cash, which was approved at the recent Levenmouth area committee, will help to cover the cost of a special stone cairn to house the memorial stone, as well as a commemorative bench and plaque to be installed close to the stone, and all associated event costs such as refreshments, plus new signs indicating the town was home to a VC recipient.

Councillors at last Wednesday’s meeting were more than happy to approve the cash, with calls for even more to commemorate the man who received his VC medal on September 26, 1915, during the Battle of Loos for twice rescuing wounded comrades.

Councillor David Alexander questioned whether a lottery grant might be available to produce a commemorative booklet telling Dunsire’s story, while Cllr John O’Brien suggested naming a street after the decorated Corporal.

Cllr David Graham also made special mention of Mr Hannah, who he thanked for all of his hard work in leading the commemoration.