The War. 1 Staff-Sergeant J. Varley, R.F.A., 38 Pleasant View, Godreaman, came home from France on June 5th. He spent his leave at Huddersfield with his people. There his wife and family joined him. He has had some thrilling experience during his sixteen months in France. He returned to France on the 12th June. This is a photo of Stoker David Wil- liams, second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, 11 Penybryn Street, Gadlys, Aberdare. Stoker Williams is a sur- vivor of the Warrior, which went down in the North Sea battle. He received injuries to his leg and shoulders, and is at present lying in Queensferry Hospital, Scotland. We are pleased to learn that he is progressing. Prior to joining the Navy he was working as a collier at Nantmelyn Colliery. His brother, Private W. J. Williams, is with the Canadians at the front. —————————————— I A.B. Philip T. Griffiths, son of Mrs. Williams 39 Gladstone Street, Aber- wlio went down in H.M.8. De- fence in the great naval battle in the North Sea.
Military Medal for Codreaman Man. Sergt. Jack Williams, of A. Comp., 12th Batt., West Yorkshire Hegt., B.E.F., France, has been awarded the military medal for bravery on the 271!. of March, 1916. He and two others rescued a party of men from under a dug-out which had been blown down on them by a shell, and carried them to a place of safety while under heavy fire. Jack, who is only 22 years of age, worked at the Aberaman Colliery prior to his enlistment on Sept. 12th, 1914. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Williams, of Woodland Terrace,. Godreaman.
Abercwmboi Man Terribly Wounded. Last week the news reached Mrs. Williams, of 9 Jenkins Street, Aber- cwmboi, concerning her brother, Pte. T H. Williams, S.W.B. A bomb ex- ploded close to him, and he was badly burnt about the body and right arm. L. He is also wounded in both hips, and is nearly deaf as the result of shock. This happened near Verdun. In January, 1915, he was admitted to Arrow Hall Hospital, Cheshire, having been wound- ed in the back by shrapnel in h battle near Le Havre. He received a bayonet wound in the right hand and a bullet penetrated the left leg. He also suffer- ed from frost-bitten feet, having been in water for seven hours. Soon after that he had seven days leave, which he spent with his sister, Mrs. Williams. b He also paid a visit to Hereford, where he was presented with a gold signet ring and wrist watch by a well known barrister. He has a brother, Geoffrey, a despatch rider in France, who is only 17 years of age. He has also four brothers-in-law on active service.
Cwmamanite Killed in Action. Mr. and Mrs. John Collins, GO Incline Row, have now been officially informed by the War Office that their son, Pte. Patsy Collins, Royal Engineers, was killed in action on June 8th, 1916. He joined soon after the outbreak of hos- tilities and went through some of the severest fighting. The following letter has been received from a chum of his:—"Dear Mrs. Collins,—I write these few lines in sympathy with all ot you. I am so sorry to let you know that poor Patsy was kilied on the 8th of June. I and all the A Company- send their deepest sympathy to you in your sad bereavement. Poor Patsy was much liked in the Company. I am so sorry to have to write this sad news as he was such a good pal. The Quarter Master told me the sad news to-day. The fellows who were with poor Patsy tell me he was killed by a rifle grenade. I am expecting my leave soon, and will come to Aberdare and see you. (Signed) E. Jones."
A Letter from Malta.' Ward 44, Tigne Hospital, Malta. Dear Sir,—I have been asked by several Aberdare boys, both in Salon- ika and Malta, to write to you on their behalf. My regiment, a rather well- known Scotch regiment, left France for Salonika late in December, 1915, and ar- rived in that picturesque spot to find that other troops had outdone us in the honour of being first. Salonika with its cosmopolitan population offered an op- portunity for the study of various Eas- tern races, but alas for our hopes, we were to be denied that privilege. So with sighs of regret we took our depar- ture for up country. We marched away and sang the songs that we learnt in France. The music (?) attracted at- tention in troop camps lying near by. French Poilus and Dragoons waved their hands and asked for more. 'Scot- ties' are their favourites, I think. We gave, them a poor parody on Tosti's "Good-bye." On we marched, up hill and down dale, and can you imagine my surprise when a familiar voice shouted Hulloa, Aberdare!" I turned my head to see Sid Bowen, late of the T.V.R., smiling gleefully to see someone from home. But regiments do not halt for personal greetings, so with a part- ing "See you later," I once more swung into step with my chums. Sid's friends will be glad to know that at that time he looked as fit as the proverbial fiddle. Still months of arduous campaigning has knocked me up some, and I had to undergo an operation. While being conveyed by the hospital ship Valdivia to Malta I was somewhat shocked to find that I had an Aberdarian as a fel- low passenger. He was, however, re- covering, from a heavy dose of the "flu." His name was Pugh, late of 40 Herbert Street. On that weary voy- age we had many a long chat that brought back the dear memories of peace time and Aberdare. We, Aber- dare lads, unite in sending you at home cur heartiest greetings and hope to be home very soon. Best respects to the boys, if there are any left.—Yours, etc., W. T. George, Scottish Rifles.
A Patriotic Family. Three members of Mrs. Weaver's family, of Glancynon House, Aberdare, I are serving the colours. They are a father and two sons. Farrier W. Weaver, A.S.C. (father) has been with the colours for 16 months. He was drafted out to Salonica in January by the mule boat which was torpedoed near Salonica, but he was saved. He was afterwards wounded in the knee, and has since been drafted home. He ar- rived at Cardiff Hospital last Monday, ,and is getting on fairly well. Signaller Horace Weaver, 1st Batt. Glosters Reg., the eldest son, has served the colours since the out-break of the war. He also served in D Squad Glamorgan Yeomanry. He was wounded at Loos, and is now in Casham Hospital, Bristol. Sergeant Edgar Weaver, K.R.R., the second son, joined the Army last Octo- ber. In November he was promoted to Lance Corpl., and recently to Sergeant.
Miskinite Wounded in France. On Monday last Navigation Villas, Miskin, was gaily decorated to welcome home from the firing line Pte. A. Mor- gan, of the 8th Batt. East Yorks. He has been discharged from Blackpool Military Convalescent Hospital, where he was attended to after receiving wounds at a battle near St. Eloi in France. Pte. Morgans has been in action for nine months, and was in the battle of Loos. He is now fully re- covered and returns shortly. His home is at 9 Navigation Villas.
AEROPLANE OVER MARDY MOUNTAIN. An aeroplane from the Bristol Aero- drome quietly visited this district on Monday, and as quietly returned again. Hardly anyone knew of its proposed ar- rival, with the result that few people saw it. It hovered over Mardy moun- tain for some time in the afternoon, and lingered a while over Cwmaman. No attempt was made at landing. It ap- pears that the aeroplane was making a trial flight preparatory to a visit to Mountain Ash to-day (Thursday) in connection with the Carnival.
Professor (lecturing upon the rhinoceros): "I must beg you to give me your individual attention. It is absolutely impossible that you can form a true idea of this hideous animal unless you keep your eyes fixed on me."
I' Mountain Ash Education Committee. On Tuesday, July 4th. Present: illi- Griffith Evans, J.P. (chairman), Mrs. T. W. Millar, Messrs. Wm. Davies, W. Lamburn, G. H. Hall, J.P., James Evans, Noah Bowles, Geo. Neighbour, Bruce Jones, David Rogers, W. Millar, J. Powell, Thomas Jones, J.P., with Mr. Alfred Morgan (director) and Mr D. H. Thomas (director's assistant).
Labour and the Beckerlegge Case. Council and Lodges' Representation. The Secretary of the Lady Windsor Lodge (S.AV.M.F.) wrote as follows ^— I am directed to forward you the en- closed copy of resolution passed at a conference of Trade Unionists residing within the Mountain Ash Urban area, held at the Workmen's Hall, Aber- cynon, on Saturday last, July 1st: That this conference of representatives of the N.U.T., and the Abercynon, Ladv Windsor, Mynachdy, Penrhiwceiber, Darranddu and Lower Duffryn Lodges of the South Wales Miners' Federation (representing a membership of over 10,000), strongly protests against the action of the Mountain Ash Education Committee in refusing to reinstate Mr. J. J. Beckerlegge as certificated teach- er, seeing that the military authorities had no use for his services. Wefurther emphatically protest against the in- quisitorial attitude of the committee in demanding that Mr. Beckerlegge should submit himself to a test in regard to a subject which he had satisfactorily taught during a period of nine years while in their employ, and as to which there was no reason to assume his con- duct would be less so in the future. Fin- ally, we insist that Mr. Beckerlegge should be immediately reinstated in his former position.' Wm. R. John, Secretary." The following had been received from the Mountain Ash and District Trades and Labour Council: July 3rd, 1916. Dear Sir,—The Beckerlegge case was discussed at our last meeting, and I was instructed to send to the Education Authority the following resolution, which was unanimously passed at the meeting: AVe, representing organised labour in this district, protest most strongly against the action of the Moun- tain Ash Education Authority in their treatment of Mr. Beckerlegge. The position created appears to us a clear case of victimisation, and we feel that organised labour should do all in its power to maintain freedom of thought for our fellow trade unionists. We con- sider the attitude adopted by the Edu- cation Authority is calculated to en- slave men whose views differ from their own. We beg moreover to state that the future of this man and others simi- larly placed is rendered very uncertain through the precedent of the Mountain Ash Education Authority. We there- fore appeal to the Education Authority to reinstate this individual so as to avoid a repetition in other professions or callings by private employers or pub- lic bodies.—T. J. Evans, Secretary." The Director remarked that so far as the N.U.T. was concerned, the repre- sentation was very small. Mr. Bruce Jones said he did not think the matter had been before the lodges even. Whatever the opinions of the persons concerned he had acted in this matter in accordance with his con- science. Mr. J. Powell said that the number stated was in excess of the number of workmen employed at Ynysybwl. Director: They name other collieries. Mr. W. Lamburn questioned whether the letter sent was at the express wish of the workmen. Before the conference was entitled to send that resolution, it would be necessary to call a general meeting of the workmen, and place tne matter before them, and instructions given to the delegates. That was the only way the workmen could have a voice in the matter. The fact was that the lodges had not had a voice at all, and he questioned whether there was a mandate from the workmen. Mr. J. Powell said he was one of the secretaries of the Navigation Lodge, and he had not heard of any meeting which had dealt with this matter. Mr. G. H. Hall said that in Penrhiw- ceiber the question had been before the Lodge, and had been discussed in com- mittee, and the committee were of opin- ion that such a resolution should be for- warded to the Education Committee. That was the unanimous opinion of the Lodge, and they were in favour of Mr. Beckerlegge being reinstated. Mr. AV. Lamburn: The Education Committee gave Mr. Beckerlegge an op- portunity to come here and satisfy the Committee, but he did not avail himself of it. There is nothing at all in the point that we are victimising Mr. Beck- erlegge. He has taken his own course. Chairman: He was asked to appear here, but did not do so. Mr. J. Powell: And instead of doing that he writes long letters to the PreErs, accusing this committee of doing some- thing improper. Mr. W. Lamburn remarked that they could not dispute Mr. Beckerlegge's qualifications to teach up to a certain point, but from that point on there was room for question. At any rate he did not accept the chance of satisfying the committee. Rev. George Neighbour: You ques- tion his patriotism. Can you give me a copy of a syllabus on which patriotism is entered? Mr. Rogers: That subject is not on the curriculum at all. Mr. J. Powell: They are supposed to teach citizenship, and citizenship in- volves the defence of one's country. We cannot entrust the teaching of patriot- ism to one who refuses to take part in the supreme test. How can schoolboys respect such a man ? He was not called upon to face shot and shell, but simply to support those who were doing the rough work. Mr. Bruce Jones: I move we proceed to the next business. Mr. W. Millar: I second. The Director then proceeded to the next item. t
Had Joined the Colours. The Director reported that the schools carpenter had joined the colours, and the Director asked whether the Council could spare their carpenter for 3 days a week.—Mr. J. Powell moved that arrangements be made accordingly. War Collections.Alr. G. H. Hall in- timated that he had received a note from Mrs. Lamburn, who was the secre- tary of the Ladies Committee, asking the Director to send letters to the teachers petitioning their aid in connec- tion with the collecting cards for a War Fund. He (Mr. Hall) moved that let- ters be sent, and Mr. Bruce Jones seconded.—Carried. Penrhiwceiber Schools.-The recom- mendations of the Architect re the fences of Penrhiwceiber School were adopted. Trespassing.—Mr. W. Lamburn said he had received complaints of big boys trespassing and damaging Darrenlas Schools.—Mr. Wm. Davies confirmed this, and added that the boys climbed over the gates.—It was resolved to call the attention of the police to the matter.
Mr. Beckerlegge and Holiday Pay. At the last meeting Mr. Beckerlegge's request for payment covering the Easter holidays was referred to the Council Clerk for a report. Mr. Pincombe now reported that he had carefully con- sidered Mr. Beckerlegge's moral claim to be paid. He had ceased to be in the Committee's employ some days prior to the Easter holidays. Any payment to him would be voluntary and therefore illegal, being based on merely moral considerations. If paid the item might become the subject of surcharge. Mr. Thomas Jones said he had spoken in favour of paying the item at the last meeting. He now submitted to the ruling of the Clerk, and he supposed they could not proceed any further, al- though he must say that he thought they could have saved money on former occasions if they had gone in accordance with that ruling. Mr. Noah Bowles asked whether, if a man worked right up to the holidays, he was not entitled to payment for the holidays. Director: But there was an interval between the last day on which he worked and the Easter holidays. Mr. G. H. Hall referred to the fre- quent resignations which were handed in at the end of July. In those cases payment for August was made. He would like the Clerk's ruling on that point. Mr. D. Rogers said that when the Education Committee took over the duties from the Llanwonno School Board they generally dated appoint- ments on Sept. 1st, therefore the full year did not terminate till August 31st, and teachers working up to July 31st were entitled to pay for August. Mr. W. Millar: What is the object of holidays—reward for service or rest to fit them for a further period? The Clerk's advice was adopted, and Mr. Hall's suggestion was also agreed to.
Trecynon and Llwydceed Notes. BY MARCELLO. The champion cyclist had a most successful run on his favourite bone- shaker. He had only three punctures, four side-skids and about half-a-dozen collisions. Fragments of he and his apparel were picked up on Hir;wain Road by a rag and bone collector.' The wedding has been postponed be- cause the huge cake could not be got ready in time. This pyramid of nuptial sweetness will be worth seeing-when it comes. We shall have another Pentecostal grand field day ere long. I am told that a few banners and banner bearers and several sandwich boards and sand- wich men have been advertised for. Also some special dancing shoes. Bibber has signed the pledge, it may be for years and it may be for ever--fio he says. But the general opinion is that it will be only until the next Buff feast. A- has been boasting that she has two strings to her bow. But I hear that her two beaux have been saying that they are having her on the string. Ah, life is a tissue of deceptions and mis- conceptions The Trecynon Public Park is being turned into a good many uses which the late Rhys Hopkin Rhys never dreamt of. It is certainly too bad to make a racing track of it. Next we shall hear that someone is planting potatoes in the Park. A mothers' meeting was held on Llwydcoed Road the other day. My confidante gave me a full report of the proceedings, but alas, the Censor will not permit me to publish even the minutes. It would have been illumina- ting copy, although some shady matters were discussed. Perhaps the Llwydcoed Press Bureau will allow me to state that the next meeting will be held sometime in July at the same place, or if wet at the Bakehouse, or if too hot there at Mrs. Blank's back parlour. I don't know whether it is a sign of good or bad times, but I know that the pawnbroker gets a vast amount of patronage from Llwydcoed just now. Perhaps if Mother Shepherd took a few pledges there Uncle would not take so many.
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