Sponsor a tile at the Wales National Mining Memorial


Wales Mining Memorial tileThe Aber Valley Heritage Group are offering residents another unique opportunity to be a significant part of the area's mining heritage. The group are giving residents the chance to sponsor a tile dedicated to those killed in mining accidents at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd outside of the 1901 and 1913 mining disasters.

The group are in the process of developing an area at the Wales National Mining Memorial to remember those 62 people who were killed in individual accidents outside of the 1901 and 1913 explosions.

A ceramic tile floor will be developed at the site, produced by Ned Heywood and Julia Land from Chepstow Ceramic Workshop and Gallery. Ned and Julia also worked with the community during 2012 and 2013 to produce the name tiles and colliery paviers which are already in place at the Wales National Mining Memorial.

To help fundraise for the new tiles, the Aber Valley Heritage Group are keen to offer local residents, relatives of those who were killed, or anyone who has an interest in the project the opportunity to 'sponsor' individual tiles.

Each tile costs £50 to sponsor, and will detail the name of the person killed, along with their age, occupation and date of death. It will also include the name of the person who sponsored the tile.

For further information on sponsoring a tile, please contact the Aber Valley Heritage Group by calling 029 20 830 445 or email senghen.heritage@btconnect.com .

The closing date for sponsoring a tile is 31 August 2014.


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.