A Troedyrhiw link to a sad event

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.

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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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