Sponsor a Brick

All the bricks have now been sponsored.

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who sponsored a brick. 

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Universal Colliery explosion (which killed 440 men and boys) Aber Valley Heritage Group are in the process of planning a new Memorial. This will be unveiled as part of a number of activities to mark the centenary in October 2013.

From feedback received to date the need to include as part of the design the names of all the victims has been a constant theme and therefore we already have plans to work with a ceramic artist, who will run workshops to create individual tiles, detailing the name, age and address of each victim.

To help fundraise for the new bricks Aber Valley Heritage Group offered local residents, relatives of those who were killed or anyone who has an interest in seeing this new Memorial happen the opportunity to ‘sponsor’ individual bricks. Each brick cost £50 to sponsor and included at the bottom the name of whoever has agreed to sponsor it.

Memorial Brick

As part of fundraising for the new Memorial we must as a group raise our own funds, which will then be ‘matched’ by grant applications. Sponsorship of these individual tiles is helping us to do this.

All name tiles have now been sponsored.

As part of the project local school children will visit the Museum to discover more about what life was like for a miner in 1913. They will also have the opportunity to find out more about victims of the 1913 explosion who perhaps once lived at their house or in their street. Following the visit they will then take part in ceramic workshops led by ceramic artist, Ned Heywood, to make an individual name tile for the Memorial Wall. Volunteers from the Heritage Museum will be on hand to help out at the workshops.

Please contact (02920) 830445/4 for further information.

General donations are welcomed at anytime.



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.