I came recently across this short extract from the South Wales Daily News (5 June 1908) a reminder of what people do when there’s no sick pay or pension available to them.
“An Octogenarian Manager
62 Years at Saundersfoot Colliery
Mr John Thomas, under-manager at Bonville (sic) Court Colliery, Saundersfoot, is in his 82nd year, yet, notwithstanding his advanced age, he is able to work regularly and is at the colliery every morning at 5 o’clock. He has been engaged at Saundersfoot since 1846, and therefore has now completed 62 years’ service. If brought to the notice of the Board of Trade, this would entitle Mr Thomas to their long service medal. Mr Thomas has never been absent from work owing to illness”.
Thomas lived at Temple Bar on the parish boundary between Begelly and St Issells.