Kenneth McNab EM

b. ? 1868 Dumbartonshire, Scotland. d. ?

DATE OF EM ACTION: 11/11/1910 Ardeer, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Little is known and can be traced about the life of steam engine fitter Kenneth McNab. All that can be traced is that in the 1901 Scotland Census he was boarding with Flora McPlail in Stevenston, Ayrshire, and was unmarried at the time.



McNab is an assistant foreman fitter in the factory of Messrs. Nobel’s Explosives Company at Ardeer, in Ayrshire. On the 11th of November, 1910, a man named Richard Morgan was repairing an electric wire on the top floor of a four-storey building when he was overcome by poisonous fumes given off by an overflow of acid on the ground floor. The fumes, which were dense and suffocating, soon filled the building, and McNab and two other workmen went up an outside staircase, provided for cases of emergency, in search of Morgan; but, receiving no reply to their shouts, descended. McNab then, learning from other workmen that Morgan was on the roof, went up the staircase again, but without success. The sound of breaking glass and shouts were heard from the top floor, and McNab went up for the third time, and succeeded in entering the room where Morgan was. Crawling in on his hands and knees, he managed to grasp Morgan’s hand and drag him out to the landing, where he obtained assistance in carrying Morgan downstairs. McNab showed presence of mind and persistent bravery in face of danger, though his efforts to save Morgan’s life were unfortunately unavailing, as Morgan succumbed after some hours to the effects of the poisonous fumes.