Aber Valley Heritage Museum
Gwern Avenue
CF83 4HA
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War Memorials

Less than a year after the Universal Colliery DIsaster, many volunteered for service in the ‘Great War’ of World War I accounting for some 147 local lives.  Their contribution is 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.

Servicemen who gave their lives


The Memorial Clock Tower on Senghenydd Square and front cover of the programme for its dedication ceremony on St. David’s Day, 1 March 1921.

The Memorial is a Listed Grade II structure.

Senghenydd Memorial Clock  Memorial Programme cover 

Abertridwr WW1 In Honour and Remembrance Roll located in Nazareth Chapel now the Abertridwr Community Centre.

Memorial plaque in Abertridwr






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.