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Aber Valley Women’s Institute Perform 1913 Play


Woman's Institute Play Members of the Aber Valley Women’s Institute wrote, directed and performed a play set at the time of the 1913 Universal Colliery explosion. The play remembered and commemorated the lives of all those women from the valley who were affected by the loss of loved ones in the 1913 disaster.

The date of the play was Sunday the 23rd June, marking International Widows Day. Those taking part told the story of the explosion from the perspective of wives, mothers and sisters. This made for a very poignant afternoon, which touched all those attending.

The event also helped to raise funds for the National Mining Memorial through the sale of tickets and books / CDs. The Women’s Institute also made some lovely refreshments, which were sold in the interval to help raise money.

The Aber Valley Heritage Group would like to thank the Aber Valley Women’s Institute for all their efforts. They all put in an enormous amount of time researching, writing and rehearsing the play and it is hoped that it maybe performed once again as part of the week long commemoration in October.

The event helped to raise £270.43 towards the cost of the new Memorial.


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.