Remembering hero miner

Thomas Moon, who was awarded a certificate for bravery in 1911, with his family.
Thomas Moon, who was awarded a certificate for bravery in 1911, with his family.

THE granddaughter of a man awarded a certificate for bravery in Kirkcaldy over 100 years ago has been speaking about his heroic act.

Evelyn Adamson, who lives in Russell Place, Kirkcaldy, contacted the Press after her grandfather Thomas Moon’s story was featured in our ‘Nostalgia’ page in December.

He swam out and rescued two young boys who were stranded on a rock at Seafield.

Born in Glasgow in 1882 before moving to Coupar Angus, Thomas came to Kirkcaldy to find work in the pits.

At the time of the rescue in 1911 Thomas was living in Horse Wynd before moving to Beattie Crescent in 1928.

Thomas was given the certificate for bravery by the Royal Humane Society at Kirkcaldy Police Court.

He said that he would “treasure the certificate as something to look upon and hand down”, which he did, as Evelyn has the certificate, still in its original frame, which was personally paid for by Bailie Gray of the court.

Thomas’ act of bravery had also been recognised by the Carnegie Hero Trust, which awarded him £5.

Evelyn said: “He told his daughter, my auntie, about the rescue. He said that the boys were sons of a local doctor.”

Thomas died in Kirkcaldy in 1950 at the age of 68.