Striking statue chosen for National Mining Memorial


Bronze statue depicting a 'Miner's rescue'A bronze statue depicting a 'Miners Rescue' has been chosen for the National Mining Memorial at Senghenydd. The statue depicting a 'Miners Rescue' was chosen following a community vote.

The Miners Rescue statue, designed by sculptor Les Johnson, is evocative of the Universal Disasters at Senghenydd but also the hundreds of other mining disasters that have occurred throughout Wales.

The statue is representative of the rescue operation that occurred immediately after the disaster depicting a rescue worker coming to the aid of a survivor signifying emotion and brotherhood. 'Miners Rescue' is a symbolic piece that the whole of Wales will be able to relate to.

Work on creating the statue which will stand on a plinth made of local pennant stone is well underway and work commenced last week on creating the memorial garden in which the statue will be situated.

The statue and memorial will be unveiled on the 14th October 2013, marking the 100th anniversary of Britain's largest mining disaster at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd, where 440 men and boys lost their lives in a devastating explosion.

As part of the memorial garden, the Aber Valley Heritage Group are raising funds towards a national memorial pathway that will feature paviors dedicated to disasters across Wales where five or more were killed. The pathway will feature 152 tiles, each costing £500.

To sponsor a tile or make a donation towards the tiles, please call 02920 830444/5, email


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.