Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
School photos from the late 1940s
from Brian Berry
Brian was at the school in the 1940s and left at the end of his final
year sixth in 1947.
He was particularly keen on athletics, especially hurdling,
and represented the school at many athletics meetings.
Some of the pictures below
record these events.
Click on each of the pictures to see the original in a new
This first photo shows Brian with a close school friend, Duncan Evans,
beside the drinking fountain in the Park opposite the school.
This was taken in about 1945, when they had just started in the first year sixth
This picture shows the school relay team in 1945 with a cup that they
had won, but Brian doesn’t
remember the details of the event. The team are in the school colours of amber
shirt and black shorts.
The relay races were normally in stages of 110/220/110/440 yards, Brian taking
the 220 yards leg.
Throughout this year they were highly successful, in that they were unbeaten
Consequently they were invited to represent Glamorgan in the inter-counties schools
athletic meeting that year.
Back row: Gwyn Beynon, Gwilym Howells, Brian Berry. Front: Tom
Here’s a photo of Brian in a hurdling event at the Mountain
Ash school in about 1946.
This was the athletic event he most loved and in which he was beaten (as far as
only once, towards the end of the 1947 season.
He thinks he was beaten by Malcolm Lloyd whose own memories are included elsewhere
on this site.
Glamorgan Sports 1946 showing on the right Gwyn Beynon handing the
baton to Brian Berry.
The team to the left were possibly from Bridgend.
This is the certificate that Brian received for 100 yards hurdles
Glamorgan Schools AAA championship meeting in 1947.