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Senghenydd Remembered


Universal Colliery Mining MemorialOctober 14th of this year will mark the poignant 99th Anniversary of the Universal Colliery Disaster in Senghenydd, with a special Memorial Service taking place on Monday 15th October.

In total, 440 men and boys lost their lives as a result of a huge explosion at the Universal Colliery site in 1913; a tragedy that affected almost every household in the community.

These victims are to be remembered, along with the 81 men and boys who lost their lives in the earlier explosion of 1901 at a special Memorial Service at 10am, October 15th outside Nant-y-Parc Primary School, which stands on the site of the former Universal Colliery.

The Service will bring together members of the community along with local school children to remember all those killed. Reverend Sue Rees of St Peters and St Cenydd, and Captain Paula Hubbard of the Salvation Army will lead the Service, and members of the public may lay floral tributes.

Following the proceedings, attendees will be given opportunity for light refreshments and a visit to the Aber Valley Heritage Museum at Senghenydd Community Centre. Here, they can view and give opinion on 3 scale models by sculptor Les Johnson along with proposed designs for the Memorial Garden which is to mark the 100th Anniversary next year.

For further information please contact The Aber Valley Heritage Group on 02920 830444/5 or e-mail


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.