FP100: No. 26

Wemyss mine memorial
Wemyss mine memorial
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Wemyss mine memorial

A special memorial to five men who died in West Wemyss after trying to divert a mine away from the village during World War Two was unveiled on January 23, 2011.

The memorial, which is in the shape of a mine, and bears the names of those five men lost - pithead worker Peter Graham, who was just 15 at the time, and coal miners Colin Smart, George Storrar, James Anderson and David Laing - was created by Kirriemuir sculptor Bruce Walker.

In January 1941, the mine was spotted down on West Wemyss beach, and was in grave danger of being washed toward the village, where it could have caused terrible damage.

The men were trying to move it away when it exploded.

The memorial also includes the inscription: “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it”.