24 November 1891 – 30 January 1916
Robert was born in East Wemyss, Buckhaven, Fife. He worked as a miner at Rannie Pit of the Dunniker Colliery, Kirkcaldy and later at Rosie Pit, Buckhaven of the Wemyss Coal Company.
He enlisted in the 13th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) in 1915.
On Hill 70, Loos on 26th September 1915. Private Dunsire went out under very heavy fire and rescued a wounded man from between the firing lines. Later, when another man considerably nearer the German lines was heard shouting for help, he crawled out again with utter disregard to the enemy’s fire and carried him in also. Shortly afterwards the Germans attacked over this ground.
He received the Freedom of Kirkcaldy on 29 November 1915, during a period of home leave. He returned to France in mid-January 1916, and on 23 January accompanied his unit into the trenches at Hulloch. His leg was blown off when his dugout was hit by a trench mortar bomb on 29 January. He was treated but died of his wounds a few hours later, on 30 January. He was 24 years old and left a wife of two years.
His VC is held by The Royal Scots Museum, Edinburgh Castle.