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Robert Dunsire - Hero

Born in Buckhaven in 1891, and raised in Kirkcaldy, Robert Dunsire was one of the 633 British soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery during the
First World War.

Before enlisting in the Royal Scots Lothian Regiment in January 1915, he worked at Dunnikier Colliery. A talented musician, the former Pathhead school pupil played the violin and the cornet in the colliery band.

At the Battle of Loos on September 25, 1915, Dunsire was cited for courage for twice going out under heavy fire to rescue wounded men. He was sent home on leave to receive his medal from George VI at Buckingham Palace. As the King presented the medal he told Dunsire "I trust you will live long to wear your decoration." Sadly, this was not to be, as in January 1916, one month after returning to the front, he was hit by shrapnel at Mazingarbe and died of his wounds. He is buried at the cemetery at Mazingarbe.

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