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Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral of John Price Evans - with Coal Miners still black from the coal mine

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral of John Price Evans - with Coal Miners still black from the coal mine

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral Procession for John Price Evans

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral Procession for John Price Evans

Old Photos of Gilfach Goch in Glamorgan / Sir Morgannwg, South Wales, United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Coal Mining Accidents in Gilfach.

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Trane Colliery Ambulance and Nurse in 1910

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Trane Colliery Ambulance and Nurse in 1910

Mining in the Gilfach Goch area began prior to 1868, and the last coal mine - The Britannic - closed in 1960.
Mining accidents were prolific in the early days of coal mining and the collieries of Gilfach Goch were little different, in most cases profit came before concern for the welfare of the miner.

Here is the story of one accident victim - John Price Evans - a collier aged 69, and with 60 years service, who was killed on July 20th 1935. Tradition allowed miners who wished to attend the funeral of a workmate to come to the surface one hour early, but just prior to the accident Powell Duffryn had taken ownership of the mine, and put a stop to this practise.

Over two thousand mourners attended the funeral of the late John Price Evans, who had been tragically killed at the Trane Colliery (Coal Mine). Seven hundred of his workmates - kept underground till their shift had finished - had to attend the funeral with their faces still black from coal, and their dirty clothes still wet from the sweat of the day's work. The deceased man's son - Alwyn Evans - who worked at the Askern Colliery, was told of the accident at 12:30, but not allowed up until 2:00 o'clock!


The images of Gilfach Goch on this page are kindly shared with us from the collection of
Mr. Wyndham Jones - a keen local historian and ex Coal Miner. Wyndham would like to extend this credit to his contributors and friends - like Alison Morgan of Sydney - for enhancing his collection.

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Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral Cortege for John Price Evans

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral Cortege for John Price Evans

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral of John Price Evans

Glamorgan, Gilfach Goch, Funeral of John Price Evans

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