Raymond Collishaw: Cabin boy to Air Vice Marshal

Part 2. The Russian Campaign Towards the end of WW1 the British government turned its attention to Russia!, as the effects of the October Revolution in Russia in 1917 were being felt throughout the world. It was decided to send troops to Russia to support the White Russian Army led by General von Deniken who…

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Tragedy at Blaengarw ‘Shows’ – 1907

A tragic accident ocurred at Blaengarw on Saturday night, When a young collier of 18, fell from the Swingboats at a travelling show in Blaengarw. John Collins, of 40. Alexandra Rd. was in one of the fairground rides with his friend,Edward Roberts, when he toppled out and landed on his head. Collins was unconscious and…

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Entombed in a drift: exciting rescue attempt.

All day Wednesday, and througout Tuesday, a band of miners made heroic efforts to extricate a man who had been buried by a fall at a new drift in a pit at Pantygog, in the Garw valley. The drift was being dug just below and old level,locally known as Peace & Plenty, by contractors for…

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A Temporary Madness. Bettws, 1911.

While returning his sweetheart home, a miner in the Garw Valley, Glamorgan, was suddenly seized with a fit of madness, and pulling out a revolver fired twice at his fiance and then turned the weapon on himself with fatal consequences. The deceased was Leonard Penton Beavis, 31. of Pandy. Bettws, and for nearly seven years…

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