Abergavenny Chronicle

8th July, 1910.


On Monday afternoon an accident befel one of a party of young cyclists in the neighbourhood of Llanover. Near the top of Goytre Hall pitch a motor-cyclist coming in the opposite direction collided with one of the lads, named Reggie Green, Earl-street, Abertillery, knocking him off the machine. The lad was so badly injured that Mrs. Williams, of Goytre Hall, had him removed to Nantyderry station, to be sent home to Abertillery by train. The motor-cyclist, named Collier, also of Abertillerv, escaped practically without injury. Both machines were badly damaged. 

19th February, 1915.


A very successful concert was held at Nantyderry Schoolroom on Thursday last on behalf of the Red Cross Society, and an exceptionally good programme was gone through. The Rector, the Rev. J. Davies, took the chair and made some appropriate remarks on the subject for which the concert was held. Songs were given by Miss Hughes, Nantyderry House, Miss T. M. Davies (winner of the Gold Laurels, France), Mrs. E. Evans, Mr. Percy Jones, Mr. Wingrave, Miss C. Lloyd, Mr. Peter James. Pianoforte solos by Miss Muriel Davies and Mrs. Rosser. Messrs. Horsington Bros gave a delightful performance on their hand-bells. An amusing sketch, entitled “The Twins,” was given by the Misses G. and M. Davies, Miss Wilks, Mrs. Leeworthy, and Mrs. Jones. A dance followed.

July 9th 1915 – Col. Cuthbertson Invalided Home

Lieut.-Col. E B Cuthbertson, MVO. commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment (Territorial Force) has been invalided home from the front.
Upon arrival in England he stayed in London for a while but he is now home in Goytrey.

24th September 1915.


Another one hundred and seventy-three eggs were collected last Sunday for the National Egg Collection, at St. Peter’s Church, Goytrey. Altogether one thousand one hundred and fifty eggs have been brought to the church. The eggs are sent to London, and from there they are sent to the wounded soldiers and sailors.

27th April, 1917.


At the Pontypool Police Court on Monday before Messrs. W. H. Pitten and R S. Probvn – a Goytrey schoolboy was charged with stealing a bicycle, value £2 15s., the property of Thomas Heaven (15) Lewis-street, Abersychan, on Sunday. The evidence given by the prosecutor was to the effect that he and two other lads went for a bicycle ride on Sunday, and, on arrival at Goytrey, they went into a wood to pick flowers. Witness left his bicycle in charge of the defendant, who said he would look after it, but when he (witness) came out of the wood both defendant and the bicycle were missing. P. C. Merrick. Little Mill, said that five hours after receiving information of the theft he saw defendant riding the bicycle. When asked to whom it belonged he replied that it was his. In spite of the boy’s mother’s request to the Bench to send her son away to a reformatory, the magistrates imposed a fine of 10s., to be supplemented by six strokes with the birch rod.

27th April 1917 – Late Mr George Gwatkin

The funeral of the late Mr George Gwatkin of Church Farm Nantyderry took place at Goytre churchyard on Tuesday. The Rev. J Davies officiated.
The chief mourners were: The widow; Messrs Fred, Evan and Gilbert, sons; Mr & Mrs W Gwatkin, son and daughter-in-law; Mr & Mrs T Jenkins, son-in-law and daughter; Mr T Gwatkin, brother; Mrs Williams, sister; Messrs Archie Gwatkin & W Gwatkin and Dick Williams, nephews; and many other relatives.
A number of friends and neighbour were also present. The bearers were: Mr J Banner (Caerleon) Mr R Jenkins; Mr W Knipe and Mr D h Morgan.
Floral tributes were sent by the following: Widow; Sons; Fred and family; Herbert, Annie and grandchildren; Evan, Rose and Tom; Car., Billie and little Billie; sister Ann, Tom and Elizabeth; sister-in-law Louisa; May & Griff; Harry 7 Flo; Fred & Bell; Kate & Dick; Tom & Annie; Iltyd & Lizzie; J & W Banner; Tom; Mr & Mrs Besant; Mr & Mrs Rosser; All at the Mill; Mr & Mrs Evans; Mr & Mrs Jones; Mr & Mrs Howell; Mr & Mrs Tidcombe; Mr & Mrs Powles; Mr & Mrs D H Morgan; Mrs Messenger; Mrs Morgan.

2nd August 1918.

GOYTRE. DEATH on Active Service.

With deep regret we have to chronicle the death in action in France, on July 2nd, of Lce.-Cpl. Percy Thomas Lewis, S.W.B., the youngest son of Mr, W. Lewis. Tv’r-Ywen, Goytrey. In a letter bearing the sad news of his death it was stated that a shell struck the building in which he was at the time, killing him instantly. A pathetic feature of this young soldier’s death was that it happened on his birthday. He was born at the Lower Hendre, Llanover, on July 2nd, 1896, received his elementary education at Llanover School, and later on entered the West Mon. Intermediate School, where he gave every satisfaction to the masters as a scholar who applied himself diligently to all his studies. By further private study he passed his examinations for the Excise, in the office of which he served for some time at Cardiff, then at Pontypool, whence he was called to the colours; joining the South Wales Borderers, and in due time went over with them to France. From there he wrote many letters to his friends, in all of which he expressed his delight at receiving heartening letters from home, and showed his true estimate of the nature and merits of the world-wide conflict in which he took part. In the year 1905, when the Revival was in its strength, at the tender age of nine, he was one of only 30 new members who were received into the Congregational Church. at Hanover. From that day onwards he continued to manifest the deepest interest in all that concerned the welfare of the Church and the Sunday-school. Thus death has removed from our midst, at the early age of 22, an engaging personality that had I already given sure signs of forcefulness of character and high promise of a successful career in life. Those with whom he served in the regiment of the S. W .B. all bear united testimony to his excellent soldierly qualities, and particularly to his sterling Christian character. It is no exaggeration, it is only bare truth, to say-that our young friend, like many more high and low. has given his life for his country and for the world, and, let us firmly hope, not in vain. Such heroic deaths, endured on the world’s battlefields, are, alas and perforce, the costiv price of the world’s advancement. It is this thought which now, as in time to come, will most surely bring real and solid comfort to every stricken and perplexed heart that has been called to sorrow in this great Armageddon of the nations.-D,D.

28th November 1919.


PROPERTY SALE. – Glanynant, a freehold property with three acres of land, has been disposed of privately by Messrs. Davis & Sons, Usk, to Mr. B. Morgan. Mr. T. J. Thomas, Bargoed, was the vendor’s solicitor.


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