Seeking relatives of a hero

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  • Search for hero’s family
  • Remembering Robert Dunsire
  • 100 years since receiving Victoria Cross

The search is on for relatives of a Levenmouth hero as plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his winning the Victoria Cross gather pace.

A local organising committee has already managed to trace some relatives of Buckhaven’s Robert Dunsire but are keen to locate many more and invite them to the ceremony in September.

Lindsay Roy and Bert Hannah research the Robert Dunsire story

Lindsay Roy and Bert Hannah research the Robert Dunsire story

Robert’s story is well known – he was a miner at the outbreak of war in 1914 and, along with many of his fellow miners, enlisted in January 1915, joining the 13th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment.)

He won the VC on September 26, 1915 during the Battle of Loos for twice rescuing wounded comrades – but, sadly, didn’t live long to wear his decoration. He was fatally wounded on January 30, 1916 and is buried at the Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France.

As part of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the UK Government has funded inscribed paving stones commemorating the heroic actions of all the conflict’s UK Born VC winners.

Following a meeting of local people, Councillors David Graham and Charles Haffey, and MP Lindsay Roy, it was decided to erect Robert’s stone on a plinth in Toll Park, Muiredge, Buckhaven.

People in the community are rightly proud of Robert Dunsire’s outstanding achievement; he really is a local hero.

Lindsay Roy MP

Bert Hannah, from the Friends of Methil Heritage, has been leading the venture and said: “We’ve come a long way since the project was started and all the arrangements for the Commemoration Service at Buckhaven Parish Church on September 26 have been made.

‘’So far we’ve managed to trace relatives of Robert in Wales, London and Kirkintilloch, as well as some locally in Fife, but we’re sure there are many more who would love to come along and help mark the occasion.

‘’Through the East Fife Mail, we are appealing for any relatives, or anyone who may know of any, to email us at DunsireVC260915@aol.com.’’

Lindsay Roy added: “People in the community are rightly proud of Robert Dunsire’s outstanding achievement; he really is a local hero. I congratulate Bert and the rest of the passionate volunteers for their dedicated work in organising the ceremony.”

Robert Dunsire

Robert Dunsire