Welsh National Mining Memorial Winter opening hours


Wales National Mining MemorialVisitors continue to flow to the Welsh National Mining Memorial, Senghenydd to remember those who lost their lives in mining disasters across Wales.

The memorial; which was unveiled on the centenary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster, which saw 440 men and boys lose their lives in the largest mining disaster in British History; will continue to be open through the winter months for those wishing to pay their respects.

The memorial will be open 7 days a week from 9am until 4.30pm during the winter months, the opening hours for the Aber Valley Heritage Museum will remain 11am until 2pm Monday to Saturday.

The memorial also pays tribute to miners who lost their lives at the 152 mining disasters across Wales and features a bronze statue, a path of memory, a wall of remembrance and a memorial garden.

The post code for the garden is CF83 4GY.

For more information about the National Mining Memorial call 02920 830445, email senghen.heritage@btconnect.com


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.