Aber Valley Heritage Museum
Gwern Avenue
CF83 4HA
Tel: 02920 830445


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Aber Valley Miner's Memorial Needs You!


440 men and boys tragically lost their lives in the 1913 disaster that affected almost every single household in the community. The Aber Valley Heritage Group are in the process of planning a National Memorial at the site of the tragedy to mark the 100th anniversary and as a tribute to every Miner and miner's families across Wales.

Local people, relatives of the victims and anyone who would like to help are being encouraged to 'Sponsor a Tile' for a memorial wall which will accompany the National Memorial ensuring everyone killed in both the 1901 and 1913 disasters in Senghenydd are never forgotten.

Each tile will feature a name for representing the men and boys whose lives were cut short in the devastating explosions, as well as their age, address, and the name of the sponsor.

Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Planning at Caerphilly County Borough Council, has expressed his support of the appeal. He commented, "I would encourage anyone who can to sponsor one of the tiles that will make up the memorial wall. Every single man and boy who tragically died at the Universal Colliery deserves to be remembered, and it will provide a fitting tribute to mining communities across Wales."

Each tile costs £50 to sponsor and will be made during workshops with school children, led by ceramic artist, Ned Heywood. At present 482 name tiles have been sponsored, so there are still a large number of names left that need a sponsor.

The Aber Valley Heritage group have raised £100,000 for the memorial so far, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Caerphilly County Borough Council and local Community Councils.

To receive a sponsorship form call 02920 830444/5 or email


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.