Aber Valley Heritage Museum
Gwern Avenue
CF83 4HA
Tel: 02920 830445


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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





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.