Mining memorial and garden

Mining Memorial

October 2013 saw the opening of the new Welsh National Mining Memorial and Universal Colliery Memorial Garden in Senghenydd.

The central bronze sculpture entitled ‘The Rescue’ was designed and made by sculptor Les Johnson..

The ceramic name tiles for the Memorial Wall were made at a series of community and school workshops during November 2012. These were led by ceramic artists Ned Heywood and Julia Land from Chepstow and involved all the local Primary Schools of the Aber Valley.

The ceramic paviers documenting each national colliery disaster in Wales were also made by Ned and Julia at their workshop.

The Memorial Garden’s layout and planting scheme was designed by landscape architect Stephanie Wilkins.

Memorial Garden Opening Times

  • Winter Opening  1st October – 28th February 9am until 4pm
  • Summer Opening  1st March – 30th September 9am until 6pm

How to find us

The Memorial Garden postcode is CF83 4GY. Please go to the how to find us page for further travel information.

Facilities

Toilet (including disabled toilet facilities) available at Senghenydd Community Centre (10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday).

Refreshments available at the Tea Room in Senghenydd Community Centre (from May 1st open 10am to 4pm Monday – Saturday).

 

PASSCHENDAELE (THIRD BATTLE OF YPRES)

A typical act of bravery took place on 17th August 1917 when Sgt Gilbert Lloyd, (Senghenydd), South Wales Borderers who, together with five others soldiers, held an isolated position until his battalion had been relieved and then brought out their wounded whilst still under fire.

He was awarded the MM at a local ceremony held on “The Rec” in August 19, 1919.  At this same ceremony where the villagers turned out in their thousands to see Colonel H E Morgan Lindsay, CB, DSO award the decorations to Sgt Lloyd and the men and also to the families of those Killed in Action (KIA). All listed below.

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)   Military Medal (MM)

Cpl. Tom Locke Sapper Robert Jackson

Pte. William Higgs Bdr. H C Fleet

Dvr. R G Taylor

Gnr. David Davies

Sgt. King Humphries

Pte. Syd Edwards

 

Distinguished Conduct Medal Military Cross (MC)

Sgt. T H Brown (KIA) Lt. J A Roberts(KIA)

(accepted by his wife) (accepted by his father)

Photo of Sgt Gilbert Lloyd

 

Wounded on three occasions before winning the MM in 1917.  Became a

 

Lieutenant in Home Guard, Aber and

and Senghenydd Platoon 1940-46.

Secretary of local Ex-Servicemen’s

Club for over 50 years.