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


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Grab a curry and help raise some money!


CurryThe Aber Valley Heritage group have organised an evening of entertainment and delicious curries on Sunday 27th January at 7pm in aid of the National Coal Mining Memorial at Senghenydd.

Tasty tikka, delicious madras and yummy pasanda are all on offer at the fundraising event at the Castle Gate Indian Restaurant. It will help raise funds for a new Mining Memorial to mark the site of the former Universal Colliery – the location of the largest mining disaster in British History.

440 men and boys perished in the devastating explosion of 1913 at Universal Colliery, along with 81 workers who had previously died in an earlier disaster in 1901. For £10 per ticket, people can enjoy a delicious curry and an evening of entertainment while raising the funds to ensure these men and boys are remembered.

All proceeds from the evening will be kindly donated to the memorial fund by Castle Gate Indian Restaurant.

Tickets can be purchased from Castle Gate Indian Restaurant in Castle View, Caerphilly or from the Aber Valley Heritage Museum in Senghenydd. The evening will begin at 7pm and should finish at 11pm.

For more information about the National Mining Memorial visit, call 02920 830444/5 or email

We have sold all the tickets for the Curry Night. Thank you for your support. 


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.