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Names of pupils who were in the 1930 Entry

from School Records

Name Entry Form Age Address
Ivor John Leng
William Evans
John Harlow
Ivor Williams
Ivor Hugh Bailey
Francis Marne Barnes
Glyn Bowen
James Arthur Chew
Evan John Daniel
John Daniel Powell David
John Islwyn Davies
Philip Henry Davies
William Emrys Davies
Howell Edwards
Clifford Evans
David Robert Eves
David Samuel James Forward
Thomas Frank Hawcutt
Leonard Humphreys
Arthur Jenkins
Thomas Bryn John
Alun Jones
Gordon Jones
Levi Ronald Lewis
Kenneth Rigby Middleton
William Charles Parsons
Vivian George Rich
Leonard Merlin Richards
William Glyndwr Richards
Kenfyn Thomas Roberts
Idris James Sanders
Leonard Philip Spratling
William David Spurry
Ronald Verdun Thomas
William Thomas
Ivor Thomas Turner
Horace Cecil Williams
Meurig Williams
William Stanley Williams
William Alfred Amos  †
Sydney Bird
Silvester Arthur Charles Bucknell
Kenneth Vivian Clode
Evan Glyn David
Peter Ellis
William Watters Evans
David Douglas Fowler
Roland Oliver George
Charles Frank Green
Arthur Wiltshire Hedge
Trevor James
Emrys Jenkins
William Esmor John
Daniel Douglas Jones
David Gwynfryn Jones
Granville Jones
Trevor Ernest Jones
Douglas George Lawrence
Ronald Kenneth Lewis
Thomas Brynmor Lewis
Frederick Morgan Lloyd
Malgwyn John Matthews
Edwin Hubert William Organ
Edward John Handley Phillips
Arthur William Prowel
Glyndwr Cromwell Rees  †
Albert Leonard Richards
Melvin Russell Smith
Thomas Gwynfryn Thomas
Horace James Trick
Philip Rees Williams  †
Ronald Wyatt
Denys Griffiths
John Graham Wootton
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24, Dyffryn St, Aberaman
47, Jenkin St, Abercwmboi
14, Margaret St, Trecynon
13, Morris St, Cwmaman
44, Park View Tce, Abercwmboi
3, Bedford St, Aberaman
21, Graig Ave, Abercwmboi
80, Cardiff Rd, Aberdare
119, Cardiff Rd, Aberaman
8, Stuart St, Aberdare
Blaengwawr House, Aberaman
123, Fforchaman Rd, Cwmaman
106, Brook St, Aberaman
3, Tower Rd, Hirwaun
1, New Scales Houses, Llwydcoed
11, Griffith St, Aberdare
4, Mount Pleasant, Trecynon
14, Penmark, Hirwaun
3, Pleasant Row, Cwmbach
Mardy House, Aberdare
25, Kingsbury Place, Cwmaman
3, Henry St, Aberaman
Chez-Nous, Park Grove, Aberdare
18, Jubilee Rd, Godreaman
72, Gadlys Rd, Aberdare
9, Duke St, Aberdare
20, Maelgwyn Tce, Aberdare
4, Clifton Tce, Aberaman
Cranbrook House, Dean St, Aberdare
33, Broniestyn Tce, Aberdare
14, Pendarren St, Aberdare
10a, Margaret St, Trecynon
7, Cromer St, Abercwmboi
5, Providence Place, Cwmbach
42, Bronallt Tce, Aberaman
11, Baptist Place, Hirwaun
9, Ynyslwyd Rd, Aberaman
27, Cardiff Rd, Aberdare
49, Commerce Place, Aberaman
19, Graig Tce, Abercwmboi
1, Richards Tce, Cwmbach
12, Brynhyfryd St, Cwmaman
16, Graig Ave, Abercwmboi
13, Cynon Tce, Hirwaun
17, Hall St, Aberdare
3, Mount Pleasant, Trecynon
Gwrhyd Farm, Abernant
42, High St, Hirwaun
30, Park Grove, Trecynon
9, Graig Tce, Abercwmboi
3, Brondeg Tce, Aberdare
53c, Cemetery Rd, Trecynon
15, Cemetery Rd, Trecynon
82, Jubilee Rd, Godreaman
61, Mill St, Trecynon
7, Windsor St, Trecynon
30, Brecon Rd, Hirwaun
56, Gadlys Rd, Aberdare
14, Little Wind St, Aberdare
43, Tudor Tce, Aberdare
40, Cardiff Rd, Aberdare
50, Brynhyfryd, Cwmaman
24, Thomas St, Robertstown
33, Pleasant View, Godreaman
Pencoed Dairy Farm, Llwydcoed
1, Arthur’s Place, Trecynon
57, Dean St, Aberdare
13, Cledwyn Tce, Trecynon
2, Jubilee Rd, Godreaman
34, Maple Tce, Abercwmboi
54, Hirwaun Rd, Aberdare
27, Belle View, Trecynon
1, Waun Row, Llwydcoed
Villiers, High St, Glynneath

William Alfred Amos was in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died aged 24 on 13/07/1943. He is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial.

Glyndwr Cromwell Rees was in the Royal Army Service Corps. He died aged 23 on 02/05/1941. He is buried in Aberdare Cemetery.

Philip Rees Williams was in the Royal Navy on H.M.S. President III. He died aged 24 on 10/09/1941. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

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Ivor John Leng, 1917–1989), was brought up in Godreaman. After ABGS he went to U.C. Cardiff and became a teacher, initially in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. He married Olwen Jones, a library assistant of Clive Street, Trecynon. In 1939 he was called up and joined HM Forces. After 6 years in the army he taught at a grammar school in Manchester and then, in 1955, he was appointed as a lecturer in the newly formed Department of Education at Bangor University. He completed a Ph.D. at Bangor in 1965, and arising from this research he wrote his book, “Children in the Library”, (University of Wales Press, 1968). He finished his career as Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Bangor. He had three children: a daughter who was a biochemist; Paul Hugh Leng, who became Professor of e-Learning at Liverpool University; and Gareth Leng formerly Professor of Experimental Physiology at the University of Edinburgh. When he retired Ivor Leng moved from north Wales to Merthyr Tydfil.

John Daniel Powell left school to enter the Welsh National School of Medicine. He graduated in 1942, MB, BCh in 1942.

John Islwyn Davies, (1918–75), went to UCL to study medicine, graduating MRCS, LRCP in 1940. He eventually emigrated to the USA. He was a son of Aneurin Davies, the Secretary and Executive Officer of the Aberdare and District Co-operative Society, who was, in 1929, elected as a Director of the Co-operative Wholesale Society, a national body. In May 1945, Aneurin Davies was appointed Chairman of C.I.S., a post he held until 1952. The family at one time lived in Blaengwawr House.

Trevor James, (1918–2004), was the son of a headmaster, and left school to become apprenticed to a pharmaceutical chemist. He became the pharmacist in Emrys Evans of Victoria Square, and was distinguished by his rather fine handlebar moustache. He married Winnie Jenkins, who can be seen in the 1938 Prefects photograph in the AGCS section of this website. Trevor’s younger brother left school to become a medical student.

Idris James Sanders left school to join Messrs Sainsburys. Now the well-known supermarket chain.

John Graham Wootton, (1917–1985), had a remarkable career. His father was headmaster at Glynneath Elementary School, but died a relatively young man in 1933 whilst Graham was in the sixth form. However, significantly, Graham had gained his ‘London Matriculation’ in the fifth form. He left school without taking his ‘Highers’ and joined Lloyds Bank in Lombard Street, London. In 1939 he volunteered for service in the Army and served with the Royal Engineers in France and Belgium, surviving the evacuation of Dunkirk. He was later commissioned and commanded a unit in Combined Operations in North Africa, Middle East and Italy. He was mentioned in dispatches and promoted to Major.
On being demobilised in 1946, he resigned from the Bank and became a full-time student at London University.
During his summer vacation in 1948 he served on the staff of the Olympic Games organising committee at the headquarters in London and on the East Coast.
He graduated in 1950 with a first class degree, B.Sc. (Econ.), from the London School of Economics. His first job was as a Research Assistant in the Historical Section of the Cabinet Office, where he worked on military histories.

In 1956 he wrote the book, ‘The Official History of the British Legion.’

His initial degree was followed up with a Ph.D. in 1960, having written a thesis entitled ‘The Political Influence of Organised Ex-Service Men in England and Wales, 1917–57’. As result of this research he published, in 1963, a second book, ‘The Politics of Influence: British Ex-Servicemen, Cabinet Decisions and Cultural Change (1917–57).’

Later in his career we find him as Staff Tutor in Politics Oxford University Delegacy for Extra-Mural Studies. And finally, as Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.