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Rock band support Senghenydd Memorial Event


The Manic Street PreachersRockers The Manic Street Preachers have provided a donation to the tune of £500 towards the upcoming Wales National Mining Memorial unveiling and commemoration event to mark the centenary of the 1913 Senghenydd mining disaster.

The Blackwood-based group have given funding to support a day of activities on Monday 14th October to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Senghenydd Colliery Disaster. The explosion at the Universal Colliery on October 14th 1913 saw 440 miners lose their lives, and is recognised as the UK's worst mining disaster.

The Monday 14th October event will see the unveiling of the Wales National Mining Memorial on the Universal Colliery site, erected in memory of those who lost their lives in mining disasters around Wales.

As well as providing financial backing for the memorial event, the group's front man James Dean Bradfield is creating a soundtrack for a new collaborative song with writer Patrick Jones that will culminate in a performance named 'Each for all, All for Each' by the Striking Attitudes Dance Company in the streets of Senghenydd.

The Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire, said, "Having grown up in mining communities, we know only too well the devastating impact that mining disasters have had in towns and villages across Wales over the years. It is so important that those who lost their lives in mining tragedies are remembered, and the plans for the Wales National Mining Memorial are a fitting tribute to victims of mining disasters across the country. We are only too happy to support this worthy cause."

Jack Humphreys, Chairman of the Aber Valley Heritage group organising the Senghenydd Memorial Event, said, "We're absolutely thrilled that the Manic Street Preachers have chosen to support our activities marking the 100th anniversary of the mining disaster in Senghenydd. They may be international rock stars, but home is evidently where the heart is for these local boys. The funds the group have provided will be used to provide materials for children to make lanterns as part of a procession through the village to the evening memorial service. It's generous donations like this that are enabling us to provide a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in Wales' mining disasters."

For updates on the plans for the unveiling of the Wales National Mining Memorial, including real time tweets of events leading up to the 1913 disaster, follow @Senghenydd1913 on Twitter.



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.