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.

Bevan, William – 1869

Drowned In the Canal – 6th February 1869

On Sunday two men named William James and Lewis Bevan while walking by the side of the canal between Mrs Summerfield’s public house and Mamhilad found the body of a man lying in the canal.

The deceased turned out to be a basket maker named as William Bevan about 80 years of age, who had lived in Goytrey. His hat still remained on his head and in his pocket were £1 in gold, £1 in silver and 51/2d . His bag containing groceries was found about 20 yards off.

The presumption is that in the darkness on Saturday night he walked into the canal and was accidentally drowned.

William Bevan lived at Coalbrook; he married Mary Williams at Llanover Church on the 9th June 1823. She died in 1865 they had at least 6 children, one of them being Mary who was a servant for Isaac Lewis, Glanusk. She was the young girl in the murdered baby case at Glanusk.

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.

Boyce, Abraham – 1930

Aged Farmers Death at Goytrey

The death of Mr Abraham Boyce Berllan Farm, Goytrey, has removed from the district on of its oldest inhabitants.

The deceased was in his 82nd year.  A native of Common Coed-y-paen he had resided at Berllan for over 40 years.  In his younger days Mr Boyce spent some years in California.  On his return he bought the Berllan and farmed it with the aid of his family until his death. He was preceded by his wife a couple of years ago.  He leaves three sons and two daughters.

The two eldest sons, Stanley and Alfred have been resident in U.S.A. for seventeen years.

The interment took place at Goytrey on Wednesday the 20th inst.

The Rev H C P Belcher officiated at a short service at the house and at the church.  Mr C Merrick presided at the organ.

The bearers were Messrs J. Stichcombe, A. Griffiths, W. Pritchard and E Owen.

The mourners present included Mr Chas. Boyce brother, Mr Godfrey Boyce son, Mr C. B. Lewis son in law, Mr W. Crowe brother in law, Messrs W. R. H. and E Crowe, Ernest and Robert Boyce,  Fred H. and Richard H. Phillips, Anthony Taylor, and Arthur Boyce nephews, Messrs H. Harvey and D. James, S. Stichcombe and E. Morris.

Floral Tributes were sent by:- Margaret, Alfred, Stanley and Godfrey children; Kate and Charlie daughter and son in law; Roger grandson; brother Charlie and Maggie; sister Emma and children, Griffithstown; Aunt Maggie, uncle, nephews and nieces; Bob, Kate & family; Fred & Maggie; A.A, J.M.& M.J. Pugh cousins; Anthony & family; Nephews & Nieces, Ynysybwl; Mrs Pritchard & family, Pentwyn; Mr & Mrs Griffiths Pantypwdyn; Mr & Mrs T. Pitt & family; Mr Mathews, Gertie & Elsie; Albert Owen & family; Mr & Mrs Stinchcombe & family; Mrs Maddocks & family; Mr & Mrs E. Morris.

Mr C. C. Pritchard of Pontypool was the undertaker.

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 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.