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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Llewellyn Jones: N.H.S.

Llewellyn Jones was not originally from the Garw Valley he was actually born in Llantwit Fadre in 1868. His parents Elias and Mary moved to Pontycymmer when he was 12 years old. Elias Jones was following his trade as a coal miner/shaft sinker and this was the period of the Garw’s history when coal mining…

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Capten the Pit Pony: a children’s story   

‘Capten’s  the cob with the white star on his forehead’, said Morgan. ‘He’s Bryn’s horse.’ Morgan’s older brother, Bryn, was a haulier in the pit. It was his job to lead the horse, hitch him up to a dram full of coal or timber, and bring him back and forth all day.

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The Story of Brynmor

Submitted by Roy Davies Brynmor wiped a thin smear of dust from his mother’s photograph with his woollen cardigan sleeve.   He pushed his glasses on top of his head and held the walnut frame further away as he refocussed on the familiar figure of his young manhood. Being the woman she was, his mother had fixed…

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Honoured aged 96 – Lena Charles, from Blaengarw.

New Year Honours: Volunteer, 96, delighted with BEM Among the New Year Honours in Wales is a BEM for 96-year-old Lena Charles from Blaengarw, Bridgend. She still organises tea dances and conducts Sunday services in the local chapel. Mrs Charles was a member of Women’s Royal Voluntary Service for more than 40 years and involved…

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