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Transcript from "South Wales Evening Post 20 Dec 1965 - Landslide flattens house"

The following text is a transcript from a "South Wales Evening Post 20 Dec 1965" clip-out that my mother-in-law Elizabeth Marlene Stoneman had at her home. Mr. Lewis Jenkins mentioned in the article below was a younger brother of Elizabeth Ann Stoneman [Jenkins]. The incident happened the day before it was mentioned in the newspaper.

LANDSLIDE FLATTENS HOUSE
Family of five persuaded to leave only a couple of hours earlier

ROAD GETS BLOCKED BY DEBRIS
A FAMILY of five at Godre'rgraig, Swansea Valley, fled from their home only a couple of hours before it was crushed by a landslide.

The debris blocked the Ynysmeudwy-Ystalyfera road and a lorry was buried in the fall.

The house at Graig-road, Godre'rgraig, was the home of Mr. Lewis Jenkins, aged 65, his wife, son Peter, his wife and a five-year-old daughter.

They were persuaded to leave their house because of landslide fears. They were taking their everyday belongings outside when the house collapsed.

House shook

The family stayed the night with Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bevan, at Cwmllynfell.

The scene was described to an Evening Post reporter by an eye witness, Mr. H. Wynne Jones, a public health inspector of Pontardawe Rural Conceil.

"The whole building started shaking, lights flickered and dust came from it and then it all crumbled on to the road followed by the mountain. I have never seen anything like it in all my life" said Mr. Jones.

Several electricity cables were brought down by the landslide. A pylon carrying a cable of 11,000 volts was in danger of collapsing and police officers guarded either side of the blocked road to prevent people from walking there.

The scene is about 150 yards from the part of the road which is known as the Godre'rgraig landslip area where the mountain has been moving for several years and has caused a by-pass road to be constructed in the bed of the Valley.

Over the weekend at a point about half-a-mile south of the house collapse, householders were alarmed by a movement of the same mountain.

Eight houses in Tareni-terrace in Graig-road were affected as well as a house occupied by Mr. and Mrs Tom Ford.
They felt a "crunch" against the backs of the houses and found that the mountain behind had moved on to the out-buildings. There were deep fissures in the side of the mountain.

Although they are owner-occupiers, most of them informed officers of Ponterdawe Rural Council that they wished to be found other accommodation.

Mr. Griffiths' visit

The Secretary of State for Wales, Mr. James Griffiths, MP arranged to visit a number of the flood-damaged areas in South Wales this afternoon.

He met this morning in Cardiff, Mr. Richard John, clerk to Glamorgan County Councill, who gave him an assessment of how the emergency service operated over the weekend.

Mr. Griffiths visited at lunch time today a partly washed away bridge which cut off the village of Abercanaid, near Merthyr.

Later he was visiting Merthyr Borough Counciel offices, for discussions with officials, then the Neath Valley where a landslip is expected to block the main road for a week, followed by a visit to the offices of Rhondda Urban District council offices in Pentre.

(Landslide fears - see page five).

Picture 1 text:
MRS. P. MAY, of Graig-road, Godre'rgraig, and her son and daughter look down to the landslide which completely blocked the road to Ystalyfera. They slept last night within 50 yards of the affected area.

Picture 2 text:
...UR PICTURE SHOWS the main road between Godre'rgraig and Ystalyfera after yesterday's landslide, which covered a house and a lorry. No one was hurt.


Family of Jeffrey Thomas Pritchard & Elizabeth Marlene Stoneman, Wales, UK

JEFFREY THOMAS PRITCHARD was born (home birth) on 12 May 1942, in Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, UK, to David (Dai) Pritchard and Ivy Iona Pritchard [Thomas]. Jeffrey joined the R.A.F. for a nine-year term shortly after leaving school, and in 1964 he was a junior technician. He was stationed in RAF Akrotiri, Limassol, Cyprus same year. In 1971, aged about 29, he was a Pilot for Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, China. Jeffrey died of cancer on 16 June 1998, aged 56 years in a nursing home in Hong Kong. He was cremated in 1998, and his ashes was scattered in the sea outside Hong Kong, China. In July 1998 a memorial service was held for Jeff in Llanfair Church, Cwmgors, Wales, UK.

ELIZABETH MARLENE STONEMAN was born on 30 November 1940, in 47 Gnoll Road Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, to Daniel John Stoneman and Maggie Stoneman [Anthony]. In 1958, aged about 17, she was an Account clerk at newpaper office in Cotten Mills. In June 1964, aged 23, she joined Jeffrey Thomas Pritchard in Akrotiri, Limassol, Cyprus. Marlene died of cancer on 16 April 2009, aged 68 years, in Swansea, Wales, UK, and part of her ashes was scattered under a tree in her garden in Llansamlet, Swansea, Wales, UK.

Jeffrey Thomas Pritchard, aged 21, married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Marlene Stoneman, aged 23, on 4 April 1964 in Bilsthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England, UK. They divorced on 9 August 1978, when aged 36 and 37 respectively, in United Kingdom. They had two children:
Gary Wyn Pritchard in 1965 (my husband, still living)
Living (f) Pritchard in 1968

The family moved in 1971 to Hong Kong, China, when Jeffrey was aged 29 and Marlene was aged 30. Jeffrey and Marlene have known each other since they went to school together in South Wales. Marlene brought the children with her back to UK when the couple divorced.

Since these are the parents of my husband, I have a lot of information about them not shared in this post. If you have any information about Jeff and Marlene, or if you have questions about them, please contact me.

Source:
* Family knowledge
* Bridegroom flies from Cyprus with wedding cake

4 Apr 1964: Jeff and Marlene's wedding day


Family of Joseph Anthony and Jennet Griffiths, Wales, UK

JOSEPH ANTHONY was born around 1878 (according to marriage certificate of Joseph Anthony & Jennet Griffiths), his father's name was David and was a shoemaker. But I have found clues that he might have been born in 1874 in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK to David and Margaret Anthony. In 1918 he was working as a Colliery Labourer and was an ex Private in the Royal Defense Corps. On 28 August 1937 he was a Millman at Tinplate works. Joseph lived in Station Road, Ystradgynlais, Wales, UK at the time of marriage. Joseph died in 1941, Ystradgynlais, Wales, UK.

JENNET ANTHONY [GRIFFITHS] was born in 1887 in Ystradgynlais, Ponterdawe, Wales, United Kingdom, to Thomas Griffiths and Mary Griffiths [nee Jones]. Jennet had a daughter, Mary Ann about 1909, before she met Joseph, and Mary Ann's father is unknown. Mary Ann grew up with her maternal grandmother. In 1911 Jennet was working as a school cleaner. Jennet was living in Oddfellow Street, Ystradgynlais, Wales, UK at the time of marriage.

Joseph Anthony married Jennet Anthony [Griffiths] in 19 Oct 1912 in Pontardawe, Wales, UK. They had at five children:
Anthony Anthony in 1913
Margaret Anthony in 1914
Maggie Stoneman [Anthony] in 1918
Joseph J Anthony in 1919
Elizabeth Evans [Anthony] in 1921. She married Samuel Evans in 1948.

The family was living in Garden Cottages, Ystradgynlais R.D in 1918.

WANTED: Information about Garden Cottages, Ystradgynlais, Wales, UK in 1918.

Sources:
"Certified Copy of Marriage Joseph Anthony & Jennet Griffiths"
"Certified Copy of Birth Maggie Anthony"
"Certified Copy of Marriage Daniel John & Maggie Stoneman"
"1881 Wales Census"
"1891 Wales Census"
"1901 Wales Census"
"1911 Wales Census"
"Family knowledge"

Post updated 7 Nov 2012

Still searching for facts and in need of some help

2 comment(s), latest 2 years, 5 months ago

Family of Stanley George Stoneman & Elizabeth Ann Jenkins, Wales, UK

STANLEY GEORGE STONEMAN was born on 22 June 1891, in 29 Delhi Street Islington, London, England, United Kingdom to John William Stoneman and Eva Anne Stoneman [Lawrence] (source 6.)). He was recorded in the census in 1901 (Source 1.), aged about 11, in Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom. On 15 April 1911, aged 20, he was a Coal miner (source 2.) in Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. In 1913, aged about 23, he was a Behinder in tinplate works (source: "Certified Copy of Birth Daniel John Stoneman". On 28 August 1937, aged 47, Stanley was recorded as a Builder/Carpenter (source 3.). Daniel left his family behind (didn't divorce his wife) and moved to London, England, United Kingdom, around 1930, aged about 40. It is believed that Stanley died around 1960, aged about 70, somewhere in United Kingdom, maybe London.

ELIZABETH ANN STONEMAN [JENKINS] was born on 7 November 1887, in Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom, to Daniel Jenkins and Hannah Jenkins [Williams] (source 7.)). Elizabeth died on 21 December 1949, aged 62, in Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom, residence in 93 Graig Rd (source 4.).

Stanley George Stoneman, aged 20, married Elizabeth Ann Stoneman [Jenkins], aged 23, on 15 April 1911 in Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom (source 2.)). They had eight children (source 5.):
Clarice Elizabeth Davies [Stoneman] in 1912
Daniel John Stoneman in 1913
Arthur Robert (Bob) Stoneman in 1915
Lewis Samuel Stoneman in 1917
Hannah Beryl Davies [Stoneman] in 1919
Annie Davies [Stoneman] in 1921
Ronald Stoneman in 1924 - stillborn
Stanley Stoneman in 1926 - only lived 1 day

Please contact me if you have any information regarding this family. Family photos would also be nice to have. Please note that information in this post might be inaccurate.

Sources:
1.) "UK Census 1901 England London Hammersmith North District"
2.) "Certified Copy of Marriage Stanley & Elizabeth Ann Stoneman"
3.) "Certified Copy of Marriage Daniel John & Maggie Stoneman"
4.) "Certified copy of Death Elizabeth Ann Stoneman"
5.) Photo copy of Stanley George Stoneman & Elizabeth Ann Jenkins' family bible
6.) Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth Stanley George Stoneman
7.) Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth Elizabeth Ann Jenkins


Also read: "Mystery of Stanley George Stoneman"

Family of Daniel Stoneman & Maggie Anthony, Wales, UK

DANIEL JOHN STONEMAN was born on 11 June 1913, in Gate Terrace, Llanguicke R.D, Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom to Stanley George Stoneman and Elizabeth Ann Stoneman [Jenkins]. On 28 August 1937, aged 24, he was a coal heiver (source: 1). On 30 November 1940, aged 27, he was a Colliery Assistant Repairer below bround (source: 2) in Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales. In 1968, aged about 55, he retired. Daniel died on 26 June 1984, aged 71.

MAGGIE STONEMAN [ANTHONY] was born on 10 March 1918, in Garden Cottages, Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom (source: 3) to Joseph Anthony and Jennet Anthony [Griffiths]. Maggie had multiple diseases and died of a cardiac arrest on 5 January 1998, aged 79, in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. Place of residence on 28 August 1937, aged 19, in Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom.

Daniel John Stoneman, aged 24, married Maggie Stoneman [Anthony], aged 19, on 28 August 1937 in Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales. Family Address in 1937, in 49 Gnoll Road, Llanguicke, Godrergraig, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. Family Address in 1961, in Bilsthorpe, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, when Daniel was aged 48 and Maggie was aged 43. They had eight children:
Living (m) Stoneman in 1938
Elizabeth Marlene Stoneman in 1940
Living (m) Stoneman in 1942
Living (m) Stoneman in 1944
Living (f) Stoneman in 1946
Living (m) Stoneman in 1948
Living (f) Stoneman in 1954
Living (m) Stoneman in 1956

If you are part of this family, please contact me so we can exchange information of the family. Please note that information in this post might be inaccurate.

Source:
1) Certified Copy of Marriage Daniel John & Maggie Stoneman
2) Certified Copy of Birth Elizabeth Marlene Stoneman
3) Certified Copy of Birth Maggie Anthony
* Family knowledge

Daniel and Maggie in Bilsthorpe, 4 Apr 1964, in Jeffrey Thomas Pritchard and Elizabeth Marlene Stoneman's wedding.


Family of Tom Thomas & Mary Diana Jones, Wales, UK

THOMAS (TWM) THOMAS was born in 1885 to Daniel Thomas and Maria Thomas [Williams]. Thomas died on 17 August 1965, aged about 80, and is burried in a cemetery near Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom, but not sure what it's called.

MARY DIANA THOMAS [JONES] was born about 1884, parents unknown, but some family members think Mary Diana's maiden name was Jones. Mary died on 15 December 1967, aged about 83, and is burried together with her husband in a cemetery near Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom, but not sure what it's called.

I don't know when Thomas (Twm) Thomas married Mary Diana Thomas [Jones]. They had three children:
John Eirwyn Thomas in 1908
Ivy Iona Pritchard [Thomas] in 1912
Daniel Islwyn Thomas in 1914

More information about this family, and maybe even picture(s) would be appreciated. Please note that information in this post might be inaccurate.

The photo shows their tombstone, with "Bu Got Annwyl Am Tom Thomas (Blaengarnant.) Bu Farw Ebrill 17, 1965 yn 80 Mlwydd Oed" inscripted on the left side, and "Hefyd Mary Diana, El Briod Bu Farw Rhagfyr 15, 1967 yn 83 Mlwydd Oed" on the right side.


Family of Thomas Pritchard & Margaret Bowen, Wales, UK

THOMAS PRITCHARD was born about 1879 to David Pritchard and Ms. Pritchard. In 1911 census in Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom, aged about 32, he was listed as born in Merthyr, Glamorgan, Walses, United Kingdom, working as a coal minor (hewer), and living in Gorse street in Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom, together with his wife Margaret and their 3 oldest children. Thomas died on 22 May 1931, aged 51 years, in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. His death certificate states: Complications after an amputation (from right thigh), after an accidental fall from roof whilst following his employment. He was burried at Llanfair Church - Eglwys Llanfair Cemetery in Cwmgors, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom.

MARGARET PRITCHARD [BOWEN] was born about 1886 to David John Bowen and Mary Bowen [Evans?]. She was recorded in the census in 1891, aged about 5, in Llanguick, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom. She was also recorded in the census in 1911 in Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom, aged about 25, in Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. Margaret died on 27 August 1938, aged about 52, and was burried together with her husband at Llanfair Church - Eglwys Llanfair Cemetery in Cwmgors, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom.

Thomas Pritchard, aged about 26, married Margaret Pritchard [Bowen], aged about 19, on 8 July 1905. I believe they had five children:
David (Dai) Pritchard in 1907
Mary Ann Pritchard in 1909 (source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915, 1909-Q1, vol. 11a, page 1110)
Jane Pritchard in 1910 (died in 1911)
Wyndham Pritchard in 1913 (source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915, 1913-Q3, vol. 11a, page 2245)
Thomas Pritchard in 1917 (source: England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2005, 1917-Q2, vol. 11a, page 1833)

As we do know very little about this family, and especially their children, please contact me if you can provide some information. Please note that information in this post might be inaccurate.


Family of David "Dai" Pritchard & Ivy Iona Thomas, Wales, UK

DAVID "DAI" PRITCHARD, born in Cwmgors, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom, on Feb 17 1907 to Thomas Pritchard & Margaret Bowen. He played as prop forward for the Colliery team and Curwen Stars and he also became an International Rugby Referee. In 1927 he became the chairman for Cwmgors Rugby Football Club, and was chairman until the season of 1981-1982. He became the longest serving chairman in Welsh Rugby history. Dai suffered from Alzheimer's and died of a heart attack on Apr 15 1986 in Glamorgan, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.

Also see "A Brief History of Cwmgors Rugby Football Club"

IVY IONA PRITCHARD [THOMAS], who's parents where Tom Thomas and Mary Diane Jones, I have very little information of, but she died on Oct 27 1984 and was burried Nov 2 1984.

David "Dai" Pritchard married Ivy Iona Thomas in 1934 in Ponterdawe, Wales, United Kingdom. They had 2 children:
Living (m) Pritchard in 1937
Jeffrey Thomas Pritchard in 1942

The family lived for many years in 76 Lower Colbren Road, Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. I believe the house was sold when Iona died.

More information about this family, and maybe even picture(s) would be appreciated. Please note that information in this post might be inaccurate.

If you are related to this family, please contact me so we can connect and maybe share information about the family.

Dai and Iona in Margate, July 1956.