The Spanish Flu

One Hundred Years ago it was the Spanish flu. 2020 will go down in history as the year of the Coronavirus, a reminder that it was 100 years ago that the last great pandemic ended, in December of 1920. That one, known as the Spanish flu, infected, it is estimated, around 500 million people, a quarter of the world’s population, and killed an estimated 50…

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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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