Gwyn Williams

 Gwyn Williams was born in Pontycymer in February 1922 but later moved with members of his family to Oxford. By 1938 Gwyn was a professional boxer. He served as a p a r a c h u t e instructor during World War 11, mostly in the Oxfordshire area, but in 1945 he was sent to…

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Cyril “BUNNY” Eddington

Bunny was a well-known sportsman in the Garw Valley in the 1930s and 40s. He was a miner, a good rugby player and a very hard and determined middleweight boxer. Bunny never got knocked out or stopped in the ring. Bunny fought Billy Thomas for the Welsh Middleweight Title in 1935 but lost a hard…

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Pte Moses Phipps.

Pte Moses Phipps: Well Known Pontycymmer Footballer Killed In Action. ‘Much sympathy is felt throughout the Garw with Mrs. Mary Ann Phipps, of 8 Gwaun Bant, Pontycymmer. With the sad news that her son Pte 16771 Moses Phipps, D.C.L.I. was dead. Pte Phipps was a haulier with the Ffaldau Colliery, and at the outbreak of…

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