Mining Memorial gets donations from Durham


Members of the Aber Valley Heritage Group in Durham for the Durham Miners' GalaThe Welsh National Mining Memorial, which will be unveiled in Senghenydd later this year, has been supported by members of an English mining community.

Members of the Aber Valley Heritage Group travelled to Durham for the Durham Miners' Gala on Saturday 13thJuly in order to raise awareness of the worst mining disaster in British history, which took place on October 14th 1913 in Senghenydd, claiming the lives of 440 men and boys.

Over 800 brochures were handed out on the day to the people of Durham, who were interested to hear about the disaster and keen to support a memorial at the former site of the Universal Colliery, in Senghenydd. Over £350 was raised at the Gala through the sale of special fundraising CDs, books about the Universal Colliery disaster and general donations, bringing the reality of the memorial to honour those who died ever closer.

The memorial will consist of a central and poignant bronze statue of a miner carrying a colleague to safety and a memorial wall featuring the name, age and address of every man and boy who perished in the 1913 disaster as well as the 81 who lost their lives in an earlier disaster at the same colliery in 1901.

There are also plans to construct a memorial garden and a "Path of Memory" honouring all those who have died at a Welsh mine during a disaster that killed 5 or more mine workers. Donations and sponsors are still being sought to ensure this part of the memorial can come to fruition.

A host of Welsh superstars lent their voices to a special fundraising CD, now on sale in aid of the Welsh National Mining Memorial at Senghenydd.

Supporters of the Memorial are now able to order a copy of "A Miner's Song", which was recorded between November 2012 and February 2013 in Wales, London, USA and Canada.

The recording includes over 300 performers including three choirs, a children's choir and a brass band as well as the voices of some well known Welsh stars, including Aled Jones, Boyd Clack, Ioan Gruffudd, Joe Calzaghe, Michael Sheen, Paul Potts and many, many more.

A copy of the CD can be ordered at They are also on sale at Welsh Tesco stores, on iTunes and at

Donations can also be made by contacting the Aber Valley Heritage Group by emailing or calling 02920 830445 / 02920 830444.


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.