Major Michael Dunbar was born in Cawnpore, India in 1921 and shortly before the war in 1939 he joined the Cameronians. He was posted to France a few days after D day. After the war years he was attached to the Parachute Regiment at RAF Netheravon 1949 - 50 and then RAF Cardington 1950 – 53 where he was involved with the use of hot air balloons for parachute jumps. He was awarded the MBE in 1953 and joined the 1st Battalion in Kenya 1954 -56. 1st
His next posting was to the Depot as Training Officer joining the 1st Battalion once more in Minden, Germany 1962 – 63 returning with them to Redford Barracks, Edinburgh. A posting to Old Sarum followed by an exchange officer posting to Canadian Forces Base Rivers in Manitoba 1967 – 69 where his work was with loading and dropping of equipment from transport aircraft. In 1969 he took part in a supply drop in aerial support of the British Trans Arctic Expedition and in recognition of his having crossed the North Pole at 5000 feet the Canadians gave him a certificate declaring him to be an “Airborne Ice Worm of the Initial Degree”
After a further spell at RAF Old Sarum his final posting was at Catterick as a Schools Liaison Officer. Whilst his wife Anne pre-deceased him in 2008 his loss is greatly felt by his many friends and their three children.
Major Brian AS Leishman MBE