Andrew Taylor EM

b. ? 1924 ?  d. 09/09/1967 East Wemyss, Fife.

DATE OF EM ACTION: 09/09/1967 Michael Colliery, East Wemyss, Fife, Scotland.

Little is known about the life of 43 year old miner Andrew Taylor other than his actions on the 9th September 1967 at Michael Colliery in East Wemyss, Fife, which ultimately cost him his life, and the award of a posthumous Edward Medal.



A fire broke out near the shaft bottom. It spread quickly issuing vast quantities of thick black smoke that spread to all sections of the mine. Messages were sent by telephone to all areas of the pit to withdraw the men. Taylor travelled the return airway; after a while he decided to wait for some men he believed were not far behind. When they failed to come he told two men, McArthur and McEneamy, that he was going back for them. McArthur and McEneamy tried to warn him of the danger, and that he would lose his life. However, Taylor said he couldn’t leave the pit while his men were missing. He went into the return, which was thick with smoke and fumes and was never seen again.