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The official county archive for the former counties of Gwent and Monmouthshire.
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Gwent Archives Jan 18
We hope the pupils enjoyed their visit to yesterday. It was lovely having them. We look forward to seeing you again. (RP)
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Gwent Archives Jan 13
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Gwent Archives will be closed this afternoon (Saturday 13th January). We apologise for any inconvenience caused. (RP)
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Sharing Pte O'Brien Jan 4
Rose married Jack about three years after William died. The marriage entry of Rose Gwenllian Mahalah Curtis and Jabez John ‘Jack’ Nash at St Luke’s Church, Pontnewynydd in 1920. Jack had been a policeman at Abersychan and was friends with Will O’Brien.
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Gwent Archives Dec 20
Ponthir tin works and workers 1912. The works were south of Station Road between the railway line and the river. The photographs were taken by Miss Louise Maud Smith, a photographer from Newport whose business was based at 181 Commercial Road, Newport, in the early 20th Century.
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A 1918 Christmas card from police officer Edward John Casey at Abergavenny police station and probably sent to John Nash at Abersychan Police Station. Edward was also stationed at Blaenavon and had risen to the rank of superintendent at Pontypool by 1939.
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Will O'Brien received a parcel of food from home Christmas 1916 and so had chicken and Christmas pudding for dinner and Christmas cake for tea on Christmas day, but had to go back in the trenches on Christmas night.
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Gwent Archives Dec 19
Happy Christmas from Gwent Archives. Airmail Christmas greeting sent by Bert Jones to his family in Cwmbran in 1944 (D6146). Bert was serving in South East Asia Command which covered India, Burma, Ceylon, Malaysia, Sumatra and Siam.
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Egbert ‘the battle scarred tank’ visited Abersychan 28/6/1918 to encourage people to buy war savings certificates. These raised money towards war effort and people could redeem them 5 years later and receive a near 30% ‘profit’. Post war were renamed national savings certificates
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Gwent Archives Dec 14
A photograph of Railway Station Approach from Newport Year Book 1917, the cinema on the left was demolished between 1920 and 1937 (Gwent Archives D975/2).
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Back of postcard sent to Jack Nash at Abersychan Police Station in 1917 from his ‘Old Chum’ William Leet at Aberbeeg. Jack and William knew each other from a small village called Seend in Wiltshire where both were living in the early 1900s.
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Gwent Archives Dec 13
Mary Dry Dock belonging to Messrs Mordey, Carney and Co. Ltd. The dock was opposite the end of Dolphin Street and next to Jacks’ Pill (Gwent Archives D975/1).
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Gwent Archives Dec 13
The Newport Year Books are a good source of interesting information about Newport in the early twentieth century. Here's the cover of the 1917 year book (Gwent Archives D975/2)
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Postcard sent to Jack Nash at Abersychan Police Station in 1918 and a photo of Jack in his Monmouthshire Constabulary uniform.
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A postcard sent by Will O’Brien from Tadworth Camp in Surrey to his friend Jack Nash at Abersychan Police Station in June 1916.
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Gwent Archives Dec 10
Unfortunately due to the weather conditions, Gwent Archives will be closed to the public on Monday 11th December. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope to resume our normal opening hours on Tuesday 12th December. (RP)
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Grenadier Guards crest on the back of one of William’s letters to Rose. The Guards are the most senior infantry regiment and were formed by Charles II in 1656. The motto means ‘shame to him who thinks evil of it’.
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Will O’Brien on his Monmouthshire Constabulary staff record, 1914. Will was recommended for the job by John Lysaght, and the Mayor of Newport. Will was stationed in Abersychan from 29 October 1914 until 23 November 1915 when he left to join the Grenadier Guards (D3297/3).
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Sharing Pte O'Brien Nov 27
St. Thomas Church, Talywain roll of honour includes all from congregation who served during Great War. Roll includes F. and R. B. Skillern who were possibly Frederick and Reginald Brindley brothers of Martin Skillern who fought with the Mons. Reg during WWI (see previous post).
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Liz and Martin Skillern in 1975. They lived in High Street, Abersychan. Born 1899 Martin fought in WWI with Monmouthshire Regiment and served in India with South Wales Borderers. After serving with the Army Martin worked at Top Pit, Llanerch and Blaenserchan Collieries.
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Gwent Archives Nov 27
Please be aware that Gwent Archives will be closed over Christmas from Friday 22nd December. We will reopen in the New Year on Tuesday 2nd January.
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