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WW1 Rolls of Honour in Troedyrhiw

Following the Great War many towns and villages erected Rolls of Honour in places of worship, workplaces etc. Troedyrhiw was no exception.


The Great War – Men from Troedyrhiw that Served

During WW1, as Troedyrhiw was a ‘coal community’, many of its men were engaged on vital war work extracting the fuel that was so essential for Royal Navy ships in addition to industrial and domestic uses. It is surprising, therefore, to find that so many men had volunteered for military service so early in the War as these newspaper extracts show.

Samuel Rees Phillips & the Great War

There is a plaque in St John’s Church, Troedyrhiw dedicated to the memory of Samuel Rees Phillips who died in Jerusalem during WW1. From the date (May 1917) and location I think that Samuel must have been wounded in the First or Second Battle of Gaza but I can’t be sure. As he enlisted in the Welsh Regiment early in the War (1914) I assume that he would have been involved in the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign (1915) and possibly the Battle of Romani (1916) before receiving ultimately fatal wounds in the Palestine Campaign. Please take a while during this WW1 Centenary period to think of Samuel and all of the other casualties of this dreadful conflict.


William H. Davies & the Great War

Ann Jones of Angus Street, Troedyrhiw has kindly provided information about her paternal grandfather William Henry Davies who served in the Great War and survived to return home to the village. Of his war medals, the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal – affectionately known as ‘Pip’, ‘Squeek’ and ‘Wilfred’ – only Pip and Wilfred have survived. It is believed that Squeek was sold many years ago for its silver content. Ann has also inherited William’s swagger stick.

Sam Small & the Great War

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 14.01.30¬†At a recent talk given to Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum at Carmel Chapel in the village some of the events in the life of Samuel (known as ‘Sam’) Small were explained. This covered his pre-War life as a gas fitter living in Aberfan to his service in the Royal Navy, his ongoing correspondence with his future wife May Osment and, sadly, an early death in 1924 having survived the War.

Reggie Hamer& the Great War

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A recent talk on the Great War given to Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum at Carmel Chapel in the village explained some of the events in the life and death of Reginald (known as ‘Reggie’) Hamer. Standing at 6ft 7in he was a big man in many ways. It would be fitting in this WW1 Centenary period to spare a few moments to think of Reggie and all of the other casualties of this dreadful conflict.

Poppies on family headstones of world war casualties

During this WW1 Centenary period we have been motivated to mark, with poppies, headstones in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw to indicate where families have inscribed the names of members who died in the two world wars. These are:-
JOHN WILLIAM DAVIES, b. 1894, Killed in Action, Belgium 10 Apr 1918.
GODFREY MARSDEN WILLIAMS, b. 1893, Died, Egypt 26 Apr 1918.
REES DAVIES, b. 1889, Died, France 07 Dec 1914.
DAVID GLYNDWYR DAVIES, b. 1919, Died on Active Service 10 Oct 1942.

Word War 1 Centenary Talks

Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum are hosting two talks during the WW1 centenary period. The first, given recently, looked at some aspects of the impact that the War had on the village. Please make a note in your diaries of the second talk which will be delivered by DAVID MADDOX OBE who has intensively studied the effects of the Great War on our valleys communities. This is scheduled for CARMEL CHAPEL, TROEDYRHIW at 7.00pm on THURS 15 NOVEMBER. We hope to see you there.

The work goes on

Recent activity in the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw has included volunteer work to reset headstones, remove tree stumps and plant primroses, cowslips and red campion as part of the habitat improvement programme. We are grateful to Tom Bramley and Gillian Hampson of Merthyr Council for their invaluable advice and support.
There has been additional on-site work by contractors acting for the leaseholder who have been testing the ground in preparation for repair and rebuilding of boundary walls which we expect to begin next Spring.

An opportunity to find out about this project and influence its direction

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Over 9 years ago a project began in Troedyrhiw with the aim of rescuing the historic Saron graveyard in the village from the effects of many years of neglect. It now looks as if extensive and expensive structural work on the boundary walls will begin next Spring. You are warmly invited to a meeting to discuss our next steps including the best way of securing a lasting legacy for the project.
We hope that you can make it to the ANGEL INN, TROEDYRHIW at 6.30pm on FRIDAY OCT 19.