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The Aber Valley Male Voice Choir Help Raise Funds

10.07.2013

The Aber Valley Male Voice Choir The Aber Valley Male Voice Choir have over recent months held two concerts to help raise money for the proposed National Mining Memorial to be located at Senghenydd.

On the 2nd March a very successful and well attended concert was held with the support of the Aber Valley YMCA in Abertridwr. This concert included the first public performance of the Choir’s recording of the song ‘Senghenydd’ written by Johnny Caesar. Accompanying the music was a showing of poignant photographs from the time of the 1913 disaster.

A second concert was then kindly organised by the Choir for the 19th June at the Beulah Chapel in Abertridwr. Ticket sales, book / CD sales and a raffle held at each concert helped to raise in excess of £4,575 towards the cost of the new Memorial.

The Choir will also be organising two traditional Welsh Gymanfa Ganu concerts to be held on Sunday the 13th October at the United Reform Church in Senghenydd (tickets available from Senghenydd Community Centre).

They will also perform at the Memorial Service marking the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Universal Colliery disaster on Monday the 14th October.

The Aber Valley Heritage committee would like to thank the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir for their continued support.

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.