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Universal Colliery victims remembered in tile making workshops


Local school children have been in Senghenydd on Friday 9th November creating tiles for a memorial wall, which will stand at the site of the former Universal Colliery.

Pupils from Nant-Y-Parc Primary School, Ysgol Ifor Bach and Cwmaber Juniors visited the Aber Valley Heritage Museum and learned more about the history of their local area and the explosions at the Universal Colliery which shook the Aber Valley in 1901 and 1913.

They then helped ceramic artist Ned Heywood create individual tiles which will detail the name, age and address of each victim from the Universal Colliery Disasters which took place in 1901 and 1913.

One of the pupils said, "It was good to learn what Senghenydd used to be like in the museum downstairs and to help Ned make the tiles which will go on the memorial wall."

The tiles will form a memorial wall which will be erected at the site of the former colliery and will be unveiled in October 2013, marking the centenary of the 1913 disaster which claimed the lives of 440 men and boys.

The wall will be part of a larger National Miner's Memorial which will feature a sculpture, commemorating the men and boys who perished in both of the disasters at the Universal Colliery and miners from communities across Wales.


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.