Next year 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of start of this, the first global conflict of the 20th century. The G.V.H.S. are looking to arrange an exhibition somewhere in the Garw using peoples memories, letters,postcards or photo's of relatives who fought in this war. We really need everyones help to get material together to make this happen. If you have anything relavent to this and are willing to share it with us please get in touch via email or leave a message at the B.A.V.O.office in Pontycymmer( L.E.T.S.) and we will contact you directly. Thank you.
Hi Colin, Thank you it is most appreciated. Jean and myself have a large collection of Silk Postcards and Patriotic postcards from that war. I would like it to be a focal point for the 'exhibition' sadly none of ours are 'local' because they have been collected from all over,so I am hoping for a good response from the people in the valley. Letters are even better of course as they can say so much about that time.
Hello, my connection with Pontycymmer is through my father Rufus Jones who was born there in 1923. He had an uncle - Arthur Jones - who was in the Royal Army Medical Corps in WW1 and served in Gallipoli and and Palestine (where he was sadly killed). I have researched Arthur's brief life and captured it in my website at the following address: www.mywelshancestry.co.uk The link to his story is off the front page. I just thought it may be of interest to other readers of your site. Regards Alan
Hello Alan, About your relative. I have hopes of adding/displaying this information in our forthcoming Garw WW1 exhibition commencing in the early Spring and carried through over the next 4 years in various forms and locations throughout the Valley. We are currently awaiting news of a lottery grant to get this off the ground. If we do not get the funding these exhibitions will still take place but sadly of course on a much smaller scale. Either way your valuable information will go into our archive for future use. Thank you for getting in touch, I look forward to meeting you perhaps at one of the exhibitions?
I think it's a great idea to do an exhibition. I'd be happy for you to use any of the material from my web site - www.mywelshancestry.co.uk - (including the old maps of the valley, pit info, Medical Aid Society info etc to be found in Llewellyn Jones' story) + Arthur's WW1 experiences and copy of the letter he sent home in 1916 which I still have the original of. Hope you get the Lottery grant Alan
I am a new member and I live at Cwmcarn, Gwent. I am assisting with the research of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance in WWI (Royal Army Medical Corps). My wife's grandfather was in the unit. The 130th was made up predominantly of Welsh St John Ambulance trained members from District 11 and was in support of the 38th (Welsh) Division in France and Flanders. They were the only WWI unit allowed to wear the St John insignia on the left forearm of their uniform and to wear the St John belt buckle.
There were groups from all over Wales including Gwent, Ammanford and there was quite a number of "Garw Boys" in the unit. Here are some of them...
Private Thomas Allen who won the Military Medal. Regimental Number 48076 Corporal John Davies Regimental Number 48102 Corporal William J Evans (Snr) Regimental Number 48111 Private Llewelyn Jones (Arthur Llewellyn Jones perhaps?) Regimental Number 48144 Private Alfred Phillips Regimental Number 48588 William J Ridgeway who won the Military Medal Regimental Number 48181 Private Hugh Roberts Regimental Number 48183 Corporal Walter Trigg who won the Military Medal Regimental Number 48074
We have already traced a number of photos and diaries and found a number of newspaper clippings but need help in tracing relatives of men who served with the 130th. we need photos so we can identify men on the group photos we have.
Can you help?
Please look at the web site to see what we are doing. There is a picture of Walter Trigg there.