Back From The Field Of Conflict And Lost Their Lives In The Pits
MINER Glyn Jones was as devoted to his family as he had been a devoted soldier.
Mr Jones had served with the Welsh Regiment in Burma during the Second World War.
But after demob, he returned to his wife and family at Lake Street, Ferndale and to his job at nearby No 5 Colliery. Wife Violet became pregnant with their third child and Glyn volunteered to work a double colliery shift to try to earn more money.
But tragedy struck when the 40-year-old pitman was killed in a roof fall during the extra shift.
Two days later his wife gave birth to their son Dennis. The father he never knew had gone to work for the last time on Friday July 9,1948 - the last day before the two-week pit holiday.
"Glyn offered to double his shift for the extra money as his wife was expecting and due to be confined at any time," said Reg Layshon, who is married to Dennis' cousin.
"But in the afternoon of the extra shift there was a roof fall, and Glyn was buried under it."
Dennis now lives in Reading.
MINER William Thomas
SOLDIER William Thomas won military honours in Egypt and the Sudan before being killed in a pit accident.
Mr Thomas, of the Swan Inn, Taff's Well, died at Nantgarw Colliery in 1911, aged 48.
He served in the 1st Battallion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry from 1882 to 1888, taking part in two Nile Expeditions and earning the Egyptian Medal and Kadive Star
MINER Charlie Whitty survived the Battle of the Somme.
He came to Cwmaman as a child from Beaminster, Dorset, and left school to work in Cwmbeol Colliery. During World War One he joined the army and was posted to the Royal Field Artillery.
He survived the Somme and returned to the pit. But on New Year's Eve. 1925, he was crushed to death by a runaway journey of coal.
MINER Jacky Jones was killed before he could join the Army. The 17-year-old had been due to enlist in the Welsh Guards, but died in a roof fall at Abercynon Colliery in 1933.
AN explosion claimed the life of a Rhondda pianist and World War Two hero.
Arthur Atkins, aged 40, was among the victims of the Lewis Merthyr colliery disaster in November 1956.
During the war, he had served with the South Wales Border Regiment.
RIFLEMAN Albert Peterson was released from army duties to work in the pits.
But he was killed on his fourth day at Elliott's Colliery, New Tredegar, in April, 1942. Mr Peterson was a sergeant in the 1st Rifle Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment.
WORLD War Two veteran Frederick Goodman died in a pit accident on New Year's Eve, 1962.
He went to Bargoed Colliery after being demobbed from the Army. He was crushed to death by a journey of trams.
Another World War Two veteran, Arthur Thomas, died in a roof fall at Afan Colliery, Blaengwynfi in 1969.
RONALD BEVINGTON, of Beddau, survived dense fighting in Italy before dying in a pit accident at Cwm Colliery in 1966.
DAVID Harris took part in the Battle of River Plate while serving on HMS Exeter in World War Two.
But six moNths after leaving the Royal Navy he was killed at Pennkyber Colliery.
SOLDIER Benjamin Morgan spent months in hospital after being burned by mustard gas.
He fought with the Welsh Regiment during the 1914-18 war in Northern France. But he died in January 1937 in an accident at Penallta Colliery, Ystrad Mynach.