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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Memories and Memorabilia

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Display of Commemorative World War 1 mosaics and art work
at Aberdare Community School

sent via Geoff Abbott

Items produced by pupils of the Art Department of Aberdare Community School to commemorate World War 1 were unveiled at an informal ceremony on Monday, February 12, 2018. The new displays are to be found on the second floor of the school building not far from the original memorial plaques that were relocated from their previous homes in the assembly halls of the Trecynon and Cwmdare Road school buildings. Both the Headmaster and Head of History at the school addressed the gathering, and Dr Geoff Abbott, a former Head of Mathematics at ABGS, and subsequently Headmaster at Aberdare Boys Comprehensive School, was also in attendance.

Three mosaics

Corridor Displays

Three men mosaic

This mosaic represents the three soldiers, who through war and hardship, have become brothers in arms.

Gas Mask mosaic

A representation of how industrialisation entered the battlefield and, as a result, how it found new ways to take the lives of our lost generation.

International mosaic

This mural represents the countries that fought in this awful conflict, and it should be seen as a way of showing the global scale of the conflict.

Poppy County School Names

Inscribed inside this depiction of a poppy are the names of the casualties of the Aberdare Intermediate School. These names are to be found on the WW1 brass memorial plaque that was unveiled in the Trecynon school main hall on October 7th, 1920. The original plaque was unveiled by the town’s M.P., Mr. Charles Butt Stanton.This was a most difficult task for him to perform because the name of his own son was inscribed upon the memorial.

We should like to acknowledge the Technology Department support staff who helped with the construction of the mosaics, and Miss Angharad Edwards, the Art teacher who helped design them.

Thanks to Mr Nathan Keeble, Leader of Learning, History, for assisting with this item; and to Mr Mark Powell, Headteacher, for permission to include this account and for the photographs.