A night of music and memories in aid of Mining Memorial


Pithead WheelSt Martin's Church in Caerphilly is set to host an evening of remembrance on Friday 22 February raising funds for the National Coal Mining Memorial at Senghenydd through poetry and song.

A memorial concert will take place at the church from 7:30-10.00pm featuring a line up of special guests including Boyd Clack, actor and writer of BBC High Hopes, Satellite City and gifted singer/songwriter; the multi award winning Cardiff University Big Band; Daniel and Laura Curtis, two of the UK's leading ambassadors for the preservation of The Great American Songbook; Jamie Pugh from Britain's Got Talent; local soprano Lucy Rees; and singer/songwriter Terry Phillips.

Tea and coffee will be served before the concert and during the interval and a raffle will take place. The graves in the churchyard related to the disaster at Universal Colliery in 1913 will be marked, so that people can pay their respects leading up to, and following, the event.

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from St Martin's Church, from the Aber Valley Heritage Museum in Senghenydd or from Hilary's Florist on Cardiff Road, Caerphilly. Alternatively contact the Aber Valley Heritage Group on 02920 830445/4 or senghen.heritage@btconnect.com


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.