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Coalfields Regeneration Fund Grant Helps ‘Path of Memory’ Become a Reality


Coalfields Regeneration logoThe Aber Valley Heritage Group recently heard that they had been successful in applying to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for a community grant of £10,000. This funding will be used towards the creation of a Pathway of Memory at the new Welsh National and Universal Mining Memorial at Senghenydd.

The 'Path of Memory' will consist of a circle of paving tiles, each of which will be inscribed with the name of a Welsh Colliery which suffered a mining disaster that resulted in the death of 5 or more miners. The Garden will open on October the 14th this year to commemorate the centenary of the Universal Colliery disaster in which 440 men and boys perished.

The tiles are to be made by the ceramic artist Ned Heywood, in a similar manner to the name tiles that will make up the Universal Colliery Memorial Wall at the Memorial. Each tile will list the name of the colliery, the date of the disaster and the number of men and boys who lost their lives.

The pathway will provide a lasting Memorial to all those who were killed as a result of mining related accidents and a place where visitors can come to reflect and remember those lost in the pursuit of coal. It is also expected that the Memorial Garden will be an educational resource for schools and general visitors to learn more about Wales’ industrial heritage.


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.