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Community art is pride of place


Paint brushes and spray cans splashed into action to transform a busy underpass, with the help of a local artist and the local community.

Bryce Davies was commissioned by Caerphilly County Borough Council to work with local community groups and help improve the Cwrt Rawlin Underpass in Castleview, Caerphilly.

The area was previously strewn with rubbish and the walls of the underpass vandalised, the whole area has been cleaned up and the tarnished underpass has been rejuvenated with artwork reflecting the local landscape and local history. One of the most impacting images is that depicting the Senghenydd Mining Disaster.

Mark Williams, Head of Public Services at Caerphilly County Borough Council commended the project, "This underpass has previously given rise to complaint, but now is receiving many positive comments from local residents which in turn has stimulated pride in the area".

The project was funded by the Welsh Government's Tidy Towns initiative, which empowers people to make improvements to their local environment and help achieve a clean, safe and tidy Wales.


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.