Arthur, Conway – 1946

Goytrey – The funeral took place at Goytrey of Conway Arthur, aged 14, grandson of Mr & Mrs Gwatkin, Parc Bach.
The Rev R E Seaton officiated.
Mourners:- Dad; Pop; Max and Eric, brothers; Reg, David, Harold and Bill, uncles; Messrs Gilbert and Will Gwatkin, Wallace Stephenson (Newport), Fred Watkins and Alan (Bridgend), Tom Winters (Abergavenny).

Bearers: Messrs J Price, P Roberts, W Morgan, and G Powell.
Flowers: Mam and Dad; Mammy, Daddy, bothers and sisters; Aunt Elsie and uncle Harold; Aunt Gwyn, uncle Bill and Ann; Aunt Winnie, uncle Reg and boys; Uncle Gilbert and aunt Winnie; Nanna and all at Pantglas; Aunt Flo and uncle Ernest; All at the Pydew; Mrs Idris Jones; Mrs Davies; Mrs Litten and family; Mr and Mrs Vimpany; Ena, Tom and children; The family of Mr and the late Mrs Lewis, Llwyncelyn; Mrs Court and Louie; Staff and children Goytrey School.

Bowen, Mr David – 1947

January 10th 1947 Free Press

Six Brothers Bore Mamhilad Man to his Grave

The funeral took place at Mamhilad Church of Mr David Bowen aged 77, of the Old Rectory Mamhilad.

Mr Bowen who leaves a wife, Mrs Elizabeth A Bowen, one son and three daughters, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Edward Bowen of Oak Cottage Goytrey.

He was in business as a builder and contractor at Little Mill until recently and was one of several brothers who won a high reputation as stone masons.

He was chairman of Goytrey Parish Council throughout the war.

Six brothers acted as bearers:- Messrs Arthur, William, Abraham, John, Tom, and Sidney Jenkins.

Bowen, Mr Edward – 1920

May 21st 1920 – The Late Mr Edward Bowen.

The death occurred on Saturday at his residence, Oak Cottage, after a long illness, of an old resident of the parish in the person of Mr Edward Bowen.
Deceased who was 71 years of age, had lived in Goytre for the greater part of his life and by his genial personality had earned the esteem of all with whom he came in contact.

He was one of the oldest members of the lodge of Shepherds of which he was a trustee.
He leaves a widow, four sons and five daughters. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, the internment being at Mamhilad Churchyard. A short service was conducted at the house by Rev L D Griffiths (curate in charge of Mamhilad) who also took the service at the church and performed the final rites at the graveside.
The chief mourners were:
Mrs Bowen, widow, Messrs David, Edward, Charles and Richard L Bowen, sons; Mrs T A Jones, Mrs F M Morgan and Mrs H Morgan, daughters; Mr T A Jones and Mr H Morgan, sons-in-law; Mr J Harding, Nantyderry, brother-in-law; Mrs D Bowen, daughter-in-law; Mr W Bowen, Abergavenny, and Mr R Harding, Nantyderry, nephews; Masters Cyril and Walter Bowen, grandsons; Misses Amy and Millie Bowen, grand-daughters; Mrs G Phillips, Mrs Albert Owen and Mrs J Owen, nieces; Mr George Harris, Abergavenny.
The bearers were Messrs J Harding, E Lloyd, G Taylor and F Griffiths, representing the Shepherds.

Miss Amy Bowen, (grand-daughter) presided at the organ and played the “Dead March” in Saul before the service in church and “O Rest in the Lord” as recessional. The hymns sung were “Peace, Perfect Peace” and “There is a Blessed Home.” A number of floral tributes were received from relatives and friends.

Byrde, Miss Louisa – 1900

Funeral of Miss Louisa Byrde – County Observer 22nd December 1900.



The funeral of the late Miss Louisa Sophia Byrde, the sister of the late Colonel H. C. Byrde, took place on Monday. The cortège left The Pentre Grange, at two o’clock, after the delivery of a short and impressive address by the Rector of the Parish (the Rev. Howell Howells), followed by the singing of a favourite hymn of the departed, viz., “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds.”

There were a large number of people present to shew their love and respect towards the deceased lady, who was always a kind and true friend to the poor and needy in the parish of Goytrey.

The chief mourners present were The Rev. F. L. Byrde and his son from Keynsham, Bristol; the Rev. R. A. Byrde, Honiton; Mr. Frank Byrde, Miss Byrde, and Miss Kitty Byrde, of The Pentre; Mr. and Mrs. F. G. W. Chalklen, Miss Chalklen, and Miss Grieve, of Maes-Beryn, Goytrey.

The following are a few of the friends who sent wreaths etc.: The Rev. F. L. Byrde, the Rev. R. A. and Mrs. Byrde, Miss Byrde, and Miss Kitty Byrde, Miss Ethel Byrde, Mrs. Chalklen, Miss Grieve, Mrs. Scrimgeour, Mr. and Mrs. Pyman, Mr. Gardner, Mrs. Essex, Mrs. Cook, Miss Goodwin, Miss Phillips, Messrs. J. and W. Wilks, Miss Wilks, Mrs. H. Matthews, Mrs. C. Watkins, etc.

When the funeral cortège reached the Church, two more of the favourite hymns of the deceased were sung, namely, “Now the labourer’s task is o’er” and “Peace, Perfect Peace.” The coffin was of polished oak, with heavy brass mountings. The breast plate was inscribed


Died December 12th, 1900,

Aged 79 years.

The undertaker was Mr. W. Wilks, of Goytrey, who satisfactorily carried out the arrangements.

Byrde, Mrs L – 1949

February 25th 1949

Late Mrs L Byrde

Mrs Lesley Byrde, wife of the late Mr O A R Byrde MA JP died at her home Goytre Hall (? Goytre House) on Thursday last. She will be greatly missed by the people of Goytre, for she took an active part in the life of the village and was extremely generous.

It was largely through the efforts of her husband that the Village Hall was built. On several occasions she lent the grounds of her house for the annual fete.

The family returned to Mr Byrde’s home (which had been in his family for many generations) in 1935, on his retirement as headmaster of Heath School, Halifax. Mr Byrde died three years ago.

Three children survive: Mr C G Byrde (London), Mrs W Murray (Inverness), and Mrs B Greenwood (Clitheroe, Lancs.). Another son R G de F Byrde was killed in the war while serving with the Welch Regiment.

She Loved Flowers

Mrs Byrde has a very special interest in flowers and was a vice-president of the Abergavenny, Pontypool and Usk flower shows and president of Goytre flower show. She was also president of Goytre and Little Mill women’s Unionist Association and was elected the first president of the newly formed Goytre Women’s Institute last week.

Among other organisations that benefited from Mrs Byrde’s attention were the Nantyderry home and St Peter’s Church.

The funeral which was largely attended was held at St Peter’s on Monday. The Rev E P Evans (Bishop’s Messenger and son of Mrs Luther Evans who lived with Mrs Byrde) officiated.

Charles, Mr W. H. – 1941

January 10th 1941

Death of Goytrey Farmer in his 93rd year:

Mr William Henry Charles, of Parc-y-brain Farm Goytrey, who died on Monday morning, would have been 93 to-day (Friday).
Born at Home Farm, Pontrhydyrun, he farmed at Hill Farm, Glascoed, before going to Parc-y-brain, which has been in the family for many years.
Mr Charles was an ex-member and chairman of Pontypool RDC and served on the old Pontypool Board of Guardians for many years.
Three sons and two daughters survive – Messrs Edward Charles (Parc-y-brain) William John Charles (Coed Howell, Mamhilad) and Isaac Charles (a chemist at Croydon); Mrs Ann Terrett (Abergavenny) and Mrs Laura Cordy (licensee of the Yew Tree Inn Trevethin).
There are 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother and sister of the deceased, Mr Edward Charles and Miss B Charles, both of whom reside in New Inn. Another sister Miss Ann Charles died about 12 months ago.
The funeral took place at the family vault at Pontrhydyrun Burial Ground.

Davies, Mr – Wern Farm – 1933

Free Press Friday January 13th 1933

Mr Davies – Goytrey

The funeral on Wednesday of Mr Davies, Wern Farm, Goytrey was very largely attended. Deceased, whose wife preceded him some years ago, was particularly well known as a welsh speaking Welshman and a very popular figure in the district. Mrs Davies the wife of newsagent Mr Davies of Pontnewynydd is a daughter of the deceased.

The interment took place at Saron Baptist Church burial ground Goytrey.

The funeral will be more fully reported in our next issue.

January 20th 1933

Funeral of Goytrey Farmer

The Funeral of Mr Evan Davies, Wern Farm, Goytrey aged 74 years took place on Wednesday week at Saron Baptist Church burial ground, Goytrey. Deceased, who was well known and esteemed in the district, was the father of Mrs Davies, wife of Mr Hugh Davies, newsagent, Pontnewynydd. There was a large and representative attendance.

The Rev. William Jones [Mozerah] officiated at the house, at the chapel and at the graveside, the Rev. E. Symmonds, Goytrey and the Rev. J.J. Thomas MA Cardiff, pastor-elect of Llanover church.

The Mourners were: Mr & Mrs Hugh Davies, son and daughter-in-law; Mr & Mrs T. Davies, The Wern; Mrs J. Davies, Cwmcarn; Mr & Mrs J. Latham, Monmouth; Mrs D.J. Lloyd, Aberystwyth; daughters and son-in-law; Evan, Thomas, Alfred and Blodwen, grandchildren; Messrs David and John Davies, brothers; Mrs R.J. Roberts and Mrs E.M. Jones, Aberystwyth, sisters; Mrs J. Davies and Mrs Henry Davies sisters in law; Mr & Mrs E.H. Wright, Mr Hugh Roberts and Mr Hugh Davies, Aberystwyth, nephews and nieces; Miss Bennett, Trecastle and Miss Norris, Llanrysted, nieces.

The bearers were; Mr Evan Jones, Church Farm, Llanarth; R. Davies, Kemeys; R.M. James, Glanusk; J. James, Green Court; Morgan Jones, Pengroesoped; and H. Roderick, Ty Mawr.

There were no floral tributes by special request.

Deceased was born in the parish of Llanrysted, Cardiganshire and in his early days worked in the collieries at Cilfynydd and Llanbradach. He afterwards took up farming, first at Clawdd Farm near Raglan, then at the Wern, Goytrey where he had been for eleven years.

Davies, Mr F J – 1955

February 4th

Obituary – Mr F J Davies, Goytre

The funeral of Mr F J Davies of School House Goytre took place at St Peter’s Church Goytre. The Rev’d C W Kelly officiated. Mr F J Davies was the youngest son of the late Mr & Mrs Frederick Davies, School House, Carrog, North Wales.


Mrs A M Davies; Miss S H Davies; Mrs L Philips, sister-in-law; Mr D W Phillips, brother-in-law; Mr & Mrs T Cross; Mr & Mrs D A Beynon JP; Mr & Mrs J Phillips; Mrs V B Parsons; Mrs J Bird and Mr & Mrs R Whittington.

Others present:

Cpt. E Jones; Mrs W Swinnerton; W Morgan; S Morgan; H H Hatchley; D R Williams; C W Merrick; J E Jones; J W Davies; D Mathews; Messrs E James and J Williams.


Nance & Dal; Lucy & Bill; Elsie, Tom, Vi and Joan; Percy and Rena Whittington and boys; GVPA; The staff Goytre Vawr school; Mrs Burgess; Mrs Dobbs; Miss Messenger; Mrs Hickman; Mr & Mrs Shorthouse; all at Home Lea; all at Glanbaiden; Mr & Mrs Bishop; Mr & Mrs Owen; Mrs James, Owen and Richard.

Davies, Mr Theophilus – 1939

March 10th 1939 – Late Mr T Davies

Goytrey Man Who Was in Business at Pontnewynydd

Mr Theophilus Davies, of The Wern, Goytrey, who had been in business at St Luke’s Road, Pontnewynydd, as a newsagent and tobacconist since 1908, died on Monday.
Because of failing health he had been unable to conduct his business personally since last August and he was, for four months, a patient at Sully Hospital.
He returned home before Christmas and died there. He was 64. A wife, Mrs Blodwen Davies, two sons and two daughters survive.
Mr Davies was a native of Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire.
He was an ardent Welshman and regularly attended the Welsh Presbyterian Church at Llanover.