Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

School History

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Names of pupils who were in the 1940 Entry

from School Records

David Parker
Ronald Charles Abel
Peter David Anthony
Mansel H. T. Barnes
Ronald Georges Basset
Brian Lendon Berry
Gwynfryn Beynon
Stuart Roland Booton
Leslie Clifford Buckler
Lyndon Dabonn Church
David Rennes Davies
Elfed Davies
Glyndwr Thomas Davies
Neville Davies
Hugh Llewellyn Dennis
Cledwyn Edwards
Donald Trevor Edwards
Ieuan Evans
John Duncan Evans
Allan Everett
John Wyndham Evill
Leonard James Fey
Kenneth Forward
Glyn Gregory
Elwyn John Griffiths
David Harries
David Alun Hinton
Leslie Hopkins
Edwin Sidney Howells
Islwyn Jenkin Hughes
Ronald Sidney James
John James Jenkins
Sefton Eynon Jones
Thomas John Jones
David Courtney Kevill
Colin William Lawrence
Norman Lewis
Dennis Lynch
Cenydd Morgan
Colin Morgan
Gordon Richard Morris
James Ronald Morris
John Oliver
Terence O’Gorman
Desmond Oakley
David Richard Owen
Joseph Edward Pearce
Antony Arthur Pook
Geoffrey W. W. Pontin
John Stanley Prosser
David Norman Reynolds
John Roderick
Charles Gilbert Romney
Walter Arthur Ryan
Alfred Thomas
David Ronald Thomas
John Everett Thomas
James Alistair Thomas
Thomas Gwynfryn Thomas
William J. S. Thomas
Alfred Densley Trick
David Benjamin Vaughan
Berian Williams
Dennis Williams
Emyr Williams
Frederick Leslie Bishop

The three pupils below joined or re-joined in the spring or summer terms of 1940, and were placed in the fourth and sixth forms.

Geoffrey Owen Williams
Alwyn Williams
John Davies

The group of pupils below also entered the school in the autumn of 1940 from other secondary schools, or rejoined the school after leaving previously. They joined various year groups at ABGS according to their age.

David Avanfryn Hill
Graham Chisalm
Attilio Marenghi
Ewert Byron Rees
John Lynn Christopher Lewis
Bernard Kahn


Mansel Barnes has an entry in the Former Pupils section.

Brian Lendon Berry has an entry in the Former Pupils section.

Elfed Davies became a primary school headmaster in Hirwaun. He has written several local history books, and contributes items to this website.

Colin William Lawrence (1930–2002), had a long association with Cwmbach Male Voice Choir being appointed as deputy conductor in 1968. Later, he became the Musical Director of the choir, 1983–1991. He was also headteacher at Caradog School in Aberdare. He was the son of Coun. William Lawrence, at one time Leader of Aberdare UDC, and for many years he was ‘Father of the Council’. Colin was brought up in Neville Terrace, Gadlys.

John Oliver returned to ABGS in January 1957 to teach mathematics. He left in 1970 to be Head of Maths at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School.

D. R. Owen has an entry in the Former Pupils section.

Tony Pook became a local champion cyclist, holding the Aberdare to Cardiff record in 1953. He was a BR Signalman at Abernant, Robertstown and Hirwaun, and police officer in the South Wales Police. He had a lifelong passion for Steam Engines spending many years as Museum curator volunteer at Loughborough and Ruddington Steam Heritage Centres.

Geoff Pontin (1929–1985), married Helen Rosemary Ceredig Jones, (1929–2018) in 1954, who was the daughter of the schools Latin Master, Ernest Ceredig Jones. Geoff was the son of another former pupil, Walter Pontin of Robertstown, (ABGS 1908–1914). Geoff’s association with the school goes back further as his maternal grandfather was the school governor and barrister County Councillor T. Walter Williams (1858–1929). Geoff Pontin forged a career across the border in England but died relatively young, aged 55, in 1985 in Rottingdean, Kent.

Walter Ryan (1930–2009), was a highly talented musician and amateur actor. He taught at local schools and was a most valued teacher of English at Aberdare Girls’ Grammar School. His wife Margaret taught music at the same school. In the 1960s the Ryan’s home in Gadlys Terrace hosted chamber music concerts in which their grand piano featured prominently.

Alwyn Williams has an entry in the Former Pupils section.

Bernard Kahn attended the school for just one year in the sixth form, 1940–41. In 1945 he married Cynthia Cohen who was the daughter of Ruth Goldberg who, with her husband Harry, ran ‘Jane Cooper,’ the ladies’ clothes shop in Cardiff Street. Bernard took over his father's factory manufacturing materials for the printing industry in Cardiff; later in 1953 he moved the business to Surrey. His wife Cynthia wrote the autobiographical book Wild Water Lilies most of which is set in wartime Aberdare and describes life growing up in Cynon Valley during the Second World War.
Wild Water Lilies, Cynthia Kahn, Beack Publications, 2005; ISBN 0-9550293-0-9.
Bernard's business is now called Digital Electronic Products, Ltd., and is still run by the Kahn family.

Peter Anthony, Walter Ryan, Geoff Pontin and Hugh Dennis are pictured in this informal cricket team.