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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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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