Carnegie Hero Fund Medal awarded to Kenneth McNab. Scarce, only 200 awarded of the UK type. For showing persistent bravery in the face of danger, attempting to save a man from poisonous fumes at an explosive factory in Ardeer, Ayrshire. See description
Carnegie Hero Fund Medal, awarded to Kenneth McNab, an Assistant Foreman Fitter in the factory of Messrs. Nobel, an explosives company at Ardeer in Ayshire. For heroic endeavor to save human life.
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 to an outside staircase provided for cases of emergency in search of Morgan but receiving no reply to their shouts, descended. McNab went up for the third time and succeeded in entering the room where Morgan was crawling on his hands and knees. He managed to grab Morgan's hand and drag him out.
McNab showed persistent bravery in the face of danger but his efforts were, unfortunately, unavailing, as Morgan succumbed after some hours to the effects of the poisonous fumes.
Scarce, only 200 awarded of the UK type.