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Nant Y Parc pupils unearth miner's memories


Nant y Parc School pupils with the time capsulePupils at Nant Y Parc Primary turned up for school last week (5 March) to find a shocking discovery had been uncovered.

Local police were on hand to help with the discovery, which was revealed to be a time capsule containing precious memories from the mining community that lived in Senghenydd when the Universal Colliery was in operation.

Teachers at the school worked with the Aber Valley Heritage Museum to put together the time capsule which contained a miner's lamp, several photographs and letters and other artefacts, as well as a miner's hat wrapped in leather. Members from the Aber Valley Heritage Group came along to an assembly to identify the objects and to explain how they would have been used by the miners.

Head of School, Kirsty Bevan, commented, "The discovery of the time capsule gives the children a real sense of the history and culture of our area and will be a real boost to the school community."

Nant Y Parc Primary School is built on the site of the former Universal Colliery, which suffered the largest mining disaster in British history in 1913. 440 men and boys lost their lives in a devastating explosion, a tragedy that affected nearly every household in the Aber Valley.

A Welsh National Mining Memorial is set to be unveiled on the site on 14th October this year, marking 100 years since the disaster. The memorial will feature a statue, a memorial wall featuring the name, age and address of every man and boy who was killed in the disaster and a landscaped garden.

A video clip of Nant y Parc pupils unearthing the time capsule can be viewed by watching it our our YouTube channel Caerphilly CBC TV.



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.