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Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Barbara Rees - Soprano

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Barbara Rees - Soprano

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Barbara Rees - Story

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Barbara Rees - Story

Ann Rees, with her son Trevor, and daughters, Evelyn, Gwendoline, Barbara, Margaret and Rachel

Ann Rees, with her son Trevor, and daughters, Evelyn, Gwendoline, Barbara, Margaret and Rachel in the 1960's

Trevor and Lily Rees on the occasion of their 40th Anniversary in 1986

Trevor and Lily Rees on the occasion of their 40th Anniversary in 1986 - David Trefor Rees is on the right, and the photo includes his sister, and her three children

Old Photos of Ynyshir (Page 5) in the Rhondda Valleys, Glamorgan / Sir Morgannwg, South Wales, United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Charabanc in 1920

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Charabanc in 1920

My name is David Trefor Rees, and I live in Glasgow. My father's name was Trevor Rees, and along with his mother, father and siblings was resident in Ynyshir untill 1928. My grandparents were Leyshon and Ann Rees (nee Thomas), and they had six children, Trevor, Gwendoline, Barbara, Evelyn, Margaret and Rachel.

They lived together at 53, Heath Terrace in Ynyshir, where my grandfather - Leyshon Rees - was a coal miner, and had earlier fought as a field gunner in WWI. I still have his tin whistle which he played in the trenches. I once asked my father why Leyshon's medals were all battered, and he told me that he had been sent as a runner to deliver a message, and when he returned to the gun his comrades - who consisted of friends he had grown up with in the village - had all been killed. After every remembrance service at the Tabernacle Chapel - he would hurl his medals into the fire on returning home. My father - Trevor - would always recover them and clean them up for next year.

My grandparents - Leyshon and Ann Rees - moved the family to Penarth during the depression, doubtless trying to improve their family's lot.

My father - Trevor Rees - later joined the army as a regular, and not only fought at Dunkirk and through the Middle East in WWII, but later went on to fight in Korea. He eventually settled in Glasgow and married a Scots Lass - Lily. The Rees family have flourished up here in Scotland ever since.
We have many characters in the family, notably my Aunt Barbara, who won fame as an opera singer. Barbara is in her nineties now (2011) and is living with her family in Australia.

Trevor Rees - off to France with the Expeditionary Force in 1939

Trevor Rees - off to France with the Expeditionary Force in 1939

When my Dad Trevor passed away in 1990, his ashes were brought from Scotland and scattered on the hillside above Heath Terrace, that's how much he loved the place. As well as Barbara, Trevor has another surviving sister - Gwendoline - and she is also in her nineties (2011) and living in Penarth.

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Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Heath Terrace Children in 1922

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Heath Terrace Children in 1922 - Trevor Rees circled

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Boys School Photograph c.1927

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Ynyshir, Boys School Photograph c.1927 - Trevor Rees circled

Ann Rees with hers and her husband Leyshon Rees' extended family

Ann Rees (on her 70th Birthday) with hers and her husband Leyshon Rees' extended family - Where the Welsh Family by then included four Scots - David Trefor Rees is on the left in the front row

Lily Rees and her four Great Grandchildren

Lily Rees and her four Great Grandchildren in Scotland - and half of this story started off in Heath Terrace in Ynyshir!

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