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Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval Memorial (20150)
This is the very impressive Thiepval Memorial as you can see, erected to the missing soldiers after the Battle of the Somme some 72,195 souls are remembered here..... When people signed up to the colours, it was not unusual that a whole community of people joined together, they could be 'Football teams', whole towns like Carmarthen pals, the Accrington pals. their numbers were so devastated by the slaughter in the battle, the people of the town of Accrington were so shocked and moved by their loss, they sent the bricks for this permanent memorial to be built, This battle was to be spearheaded by the French, but they were so bogged down by the battle of Verdun, it fell to the British to run this battle to relive the French, by the Germans having to send troops from Verdun to back up their troops at the Somme. on the first afternoon 59,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in the battle of the Somme 'Britain's Blackest Day'..... 7 people from our village are remembered here (pictures to follow of the inscriptions) ( Lee, Dean. Alun.)
North View Tce  football
North View Tce football (2013148)
(Dave Buttler)
1932 Melbourne stars
1932 Melbourne stars (2013147)
Help is needed with names..Where..Trophies ??? (Angela Hancock)
Ladies Football Team
Ladies Football Team (2013146)
We know very little of who is in the team or the dates ?? (Alwyn Morris)
UFOs over the Cynon Valey
UFOs over the Cynon Valey (2013449)
Mystery history with a local focal: Roswell . . . Area 51 . . . Cynon Valley . . . Most of us are familiar with the strange tales emanating from Roswell and Area 51 in the United States since 1947, but not a lot has been written about the ‘flying saucer’ stories which hit the valley in 1940 and the early 1950s. Here are a few of them: In April 1940, several men waiting for their works bus at the bottom of Cwmdare hill at 6 o’clock in the morning witnessed a ‘brilliant light’ shooting across the sky in a south-westerly direction. Given the hostile military conditions prevalent at the time, the reporter for the Aberdare Leader quickly reassured his readers that it was definitely not an enemy aircraft. It was not until ten years after this sighting (10 June 1950) that a ‘hover-plane’, or helicopter, was first seen flying over the Cynon Valley, introducing residents to the strange and wonderful aerial technology which had developed over the wartime years. But, within five months, things started to take a sinister twist when, on 4 November of that year, reports of ‘flying saucers’ seen at Paignton and on the Gower (Penclawdd), were augmented by sightings of “out of the ordinary” aerial objects that were seen above Brook Street, Aberaman, and in Hirwaun, where two women saw a couple of ‘star-like’ lights with pointed tails that looked like the headlights of a car. On 27 January, 1951, an amber sphere (about ‘twice the size of a football’) was seen in the sky above Mountain Ash by several people. Described as ‘glittering like a diamond ring’, the UFO travelled in an easterly direction for a full two minutes before it eventually went out of sight. One lady, who thought it may have been a fireball, dismissed the idea that it was an airplane because it made no sound. Just after midnight, and almost a fortnight before Christmas in 1952, a ‘sphere of blazing light’ with a cigar-shaped object just beneath it, was observed above Abercynon and heading towards Treharris. And two years later, on 6 November, 1954, a ‘flying cigar - brilliantly illuminated with a yellow light’ was seen flying over North View Terrace. The two witnesses, from Godreaman, described its appearance as being similar to the shape of an electric light bulb; it was moving slowly and silently, and finally disappeared out of sight beyond the mountains above Abercwmboi. On the evening of 13 August, 1955, two revolving silver discs were seen by two ladies in Catherine Street, Aberdare; the ‘saucers’ flitted over the Graig and headed off in the direction of Mardy. It should be remembered that supersonic speeds and space travel were still several years away, although it can be assumed that aeronautical experimentation following the war years would have reached a hiatus by the time these sightings were recorded. Indeed, the Russian Sputnik satellite was in orbit by October 1957. But would that have satisfactorily explained all of the sightings listed here? Perhaps, it would be better to keep an open mind and adopt the Shakespearean attitude that there are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in our philosophies. (Gerald Richards)
Abercwmboi Rugby Football Club
Abercwmboi Rugby Football Club (2013401)
Abercwmboi Rugby Football Club – compare and contrast the Club and its surrounds with the photo of 2008. (Gerald Richards)
7 a side Football team Y.M.C.A.
7 a side Football team Y.M.C.A. (2013085)
These lads were the 7-a-side football team for the Aberaman YMCA in 1953-4 (RCT Libraries - Alun)
 Abercwmboi Ladies Football Team
Abercwmboi Ladies Football Team (2013078)
(Alwyn Morris)
Cap Coch team 1959-60
Cap Coch team 1959-60 (2013014)
Mr Thomas Teacher - Mr Edwards Headmaster. Back row from left, Kieth Cartwright, John Arnold, Owen Williams, Barry Davies (caretaker) Peter Jones, Sid Scorey. Front row from left. Bobby Hancock, Ray Williams, Pat O'Sullivan, Adrien Burridge, Ian Jenkins.one we are not sure of Back row 3rd from left..Thank you Benny Richards for your help in naming every one.. (C,O'Sullivan & Benny Richards)
Football team
Football team (2013007)
Abercwmboi Football Team 1949-50 (John Bevan)
Football team
Football team (20120129)
(Jackie Jenkins)
Football trophy
Football trophy (20120022)
This is one of our mystery picture, we know its the Football team.very young, Mr & Mrs Ken Bevan, Glyn Collins, one Tony Jenkins, and two Kenny Jenkins's, Peter Evans with the Trophy, the others I'm sorry I don't recognise them...some one will I hope, and When - What would help, please (Angela Handcock)
A winning Football team
A winning Football team (20120012)
Abercwmboi football team with trophies. Unknown year (Dave Butler)
Football trophy
Football trophy (20120005)
we know this is Dave Butler and Mr Perrot from Oak Terrace, and a super trophy, but that's all we know.... (Dave Butler)