WWI Project

Introduction and Project Aims

From the 1890’s the Aber Valley villages of Senghenydd and Abertridwr were dominated by coal mining with the settlements rapidly growing to reach a population of 11,000 by 1911. 


A heavy cost was paid for employment in the coal-industry, 81 men were killed in the 1901 Universal Colliery explosion only to be over-shadowed by the 1913 disaster, when 440 were killed at the same Senghenydd mine.  It became Great Britain’s worst mining disaster. 

Less than a year later, many volunteered for service in the ‘Great War’ of World War I accounting for some 147 local lives.  Their contribution commended via the Clock Tower Memorial, Senghenydd and the Roll of Honour Plaque in Abertridwr. 

The project has explored the war records to give a ‘potted history’ of the 143 individuals named on the two local memorials and a further 4 Servicemen not named on the Senghenydd Clock.

It hopes, over the next few years, to gain more details of their lives and those of others that survived the war via appeals to the local and wider community for any records, letters, books, diaries and photographic WW1 memorabilia. 

This information can then be added to the relative artefacts already held within the heritage centre and shared both locally and further afield to enhance the spirit of “Remembrance” and improve the information available.

For further information please contact the Aber Valley Heritage Museum on 02920 830445 or email senghen.heritage@btconnect.com