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Welsh Superstars sing for Senghenydd Memorial


Pithead wheelA host of Welsh superstars have lent their voices to a special fundraising CD, now on sale in aid of the Welsh National Mining Memorial at Senghenydd.

The National Mining Memorial is set to be unveiled on the 14th October 2013, marking the 100th anniversary of Britain’s largest mining disaster at Universal Colliery in Senghenydd, where 440 men and boys lost their lives in a devastating explosion.

Supporters of the Memorial are now able to order a copy of “A Miner’s Song”, which was recorded between November 2012 and February 2013 in Wales, London, USA and Canada.

The recording includes over 300 performers including three choirs, a children's choir and a brass band as well as the voices of some well known Welsh stars, including Aled Jones, Boyd Clack, Ioan Gruffudd, Joe Calzaghe, Michael Sheen, Paul Potts and many, many more.

The money raised from the sale of the CD will go towards erecting a statue, a memorial wall, and a landscaped garden on the site of the former Universal Colliery.

The CD costs just £6.00 and people can order their copy now at For more information about the National Mining Memorial please call 02920 830444/5.


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.