A Troedyrhiw Sailor

When Edward Curnow of 6 Upper Mount Pleasant, Troedyrhiw died in 1951 at the age of 82 he was buried in a family plot in Saron Graveyard.

Edward had been a considerable athlete in his younger days captaining the village rugby team and competing in some quite high standard foot races.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1898 and served for 22 years as an Engine Room Artificer rising to Chief Petty Officer rank before being pensioned to shore in 1920.

Throughout World War 1 Edward served on the light cruiser HMS ‘BRISTOL’ and saw action several times including at the Battle of the Falklands (6th Dec 1914) and the Battle of the Straits of Otranto (14th May 1917). Whilst on leave in 1916 he received a hero’s welcome at a ‘smoking concert’ held in his honour at the Fox & Hounds (now Simply Indian).

As far as we know there are no longer any Curnows living in Troedyrhiw but it is possible that some descendants of this family still live in the area. If so and they have information that they are willing to share with us we would be very pleased if contact was made by emailing friendsofsaron@gmail.com


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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