The sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915 by a German torpedo with the loss of 1000 lives hastened the entry of the USA into WW1. Amongst the passengers fortunate enough to have survived this incident was David Alfred Thomas who had been MP for Merthyr and was to become Lord Rhondda. In 1897 he laid one of the foundation stones for the large hall and schoolroom that was being added to Mount Zion Chapel, Troedyrhiw at this time. The chapel has, sadly, been demolished leaving little physical evidence that it ever existed apart from the site which is now occupied by housing and two foundation stones which are now in private ownership.
April 12, 2017
A Troedyrhiw link to a sad event
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