Sponsors needed to pave the way to Mining Memorial

25.02.2013

 

Mining Memorial paving stoneCommunity groups, organisations, businesses and individuals are being invited to provide sponsorship for paving tiles which will create a 'Path of Memory' as a part of the Welsh National Miners Memorial at Senghenydd.

The 'Path of Memory' will consist of a circle of paving tiles, each of which will be inscribed with the name of a Welsh Colliery that suffered a mining disaster that resulted in the death of 5 or more miners.

The tiles are to be made by the ceramic artist Ned Heywood, in a similar manner to the name tiles that will make up the Universal Colliery Memorial Wall at the Memorial. Each tile will list the name of the colliery, the date of the disaster and the number of men and boys who lost their lives. The name of the sponsor will also be included on each tile.

The sponsorship of the paving tiles will cost £500. If any business, community group, organisation or individual would like to sponsor a paving tile they should contact the Aber Valley Heritage Museum on 02920 830444/5 or email senghen.heritage@btconnect.com.

PASSCHENDAELE (THIRD BATTLE OF YPRES)

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.