Aberdare Boys Grammar School


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A group at Old College, Aberystwyth, 1930–31

All students probably from Aberdare or Mountain Ash in the Cynon Valley

from Alun C Davies

Valley Students 1930-31

At the moment we can name only nine of these students. Let us know if you can identify any more.

Front Row: second from left: Henry (Harry) John Miles, Heathcock Inn High St., and later of Herbert St. Became Maths master Mountain Ash G.S.,
far right T.R. James, Cwmbach, Maths and Music ABGS 1937–57, became Head at Brynmawr G.S., conductor Cwmbach Male Voice Choir 1950–1958 and 1959–1981.

2nd Row: second in from left: Eluned Jeffrey Evans (Mt. Ash) who did History, third from left Elsie May Baker (also Mt Ash) who did Geography,
fourth from left, Margaret Elizabeth (Bessie) Abraham, Brynmair Road, became Head of Geography at Brecon G.S.
eighth from left, Catherine Ellen Jones, Cwmdare, became Mrs Watts, Biology mistress at Aberdare Girls G.S.

Back Row: second in from left, Daniel Jones, Llwydcoed who did Maths, became teacher at ABGS (1945–57), later at Penarth G.S.
Back Row: second in from right, Mansel Morris Davies, Abernant who studied Chemistry, later became Professor of Chemistry at Aberystwyth
Back Row: far right, Anelyf Wyn Rees (Cemetery Rd), posts include founding Principal of Renison College, Ontario, professor in the history department of the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Other students from Aberdare who were at Aberystwyth, with date of entry, and who may be in the picture include:
John Glyndwr Thomas, Llewellyn St, 1927; Robert Gordon Walker, St Fagan’s School House,1928;
Morgan Price, Oxford St, Gadlys, 1930; Hugh Armand Ellis Wigley, Trevor St, 1929;
Gwyn Ivor Thomas, Abercwmboi, 1930.

Thanks to Alan Abraham, Tom Evans, Gweno Lewis, Susan Shantz (née Rees) and John Samuel for helping to identify these students.

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