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Universal Colliery MinersThe Aber Valley Centenary Project could be in with the chance of appearing on a BBC One show and winning £2,000 to help them continue their good work on , but they need your vote to help them win!

The Aber Valley Heritage Group are delighted to have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2013.

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.

The Aber Valley Centenary Memorial is competing against six other projects for the title of Best Heritage Project.

Supporting them is FREE, just visit the National Lottery Awards 2013 website to cast your vote. You are also able to telephone your vote on 08448369691.

The Aber Valley Centenary project commemorates the men and boys who lost their lives in the biggest mining disaster in British history 100 years ago. Based at the Aber Valley Heritage Museum it remembers the 439 killed and those injured in the lethal explosion in the Senghenydd pit, South 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.