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Rees William and Blodwen Griffiths nee Pritchard

Pictured at their wedding on 3rd April1920 at Bethesda Glanamman.

Rees William Griffiths 1894 -1957

Rees was born in late spring of 1894 at Tynycoed. He was the second son and the fourth child of John Henry and Hannah Griffiths.

 

Blodwen Griffiths nee Pritchard called Blod was born Cwmaman, Aberdare on 9th July 1897 and died in Newport in 1971.

Blodwen was the daughter of David and Margaret Pritchard nee Jones. David was born Llanrug, Caernarfonshire on 15th September 1869. Maggie was born on 9th March 1871 at Nelson, Llanfabon Glamorgan. David Pritchard moved from North Wales to Nelson to work in the colliery when the slate mines closed.
They were married at Merthyr Tydfil Registry Office on the 2nd December 1893. The family moved to Glanamman, where he worked in Betws Colliery, eventually becoming Captain of the Miners' Rescue team.
Margaret Pritchard died on 6th July 1913 aged 42 according to the family Bible "- suddenly, on her way to Chapel from Heart Failure and was buried the following Thursday 10th July 1913 in Aberdare Public Cemetery".
David Pritchard remarried Maggie Davies. They had one son, Richard Eifion born 11th February 1920 who died 13th November 1933 from Tubercular Meningitis and was buried in Tabernacle Chapel, Glanamman.

They moved to Newport where they managed a Public House.

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Children:-

Margaret Griffiths 1924 - 2009

Beryl Griffiths 1928

Dillwyn Griffiths 1936 - 2007

Daryl Griffiths 1936

Rees Siblings:-

David John 1887 - 1936

Catherine (Kate) 1890-1959

Margaret Ann 1892 - 1905

Blodwen (Blod) 1896 - 1974

Susannah (Sue) 1897 - 1943

Olwen 1900 - 1985

Ivor 1902 - 1962

Margaret (Maggie)1906 - ??

Violet May (Vi) 1908 - 1972

Laura 1911 - 1982

Blodwen Siblings:-

William John 24th June 1900 - 17th September 1900

David Emrys  6th July 1904

 

 

David Pritchard & Maggie
 
    Emrys David's (son) Mary David's (Mother) Mary Lewis the sister of Maggie; David's first wife.
         

At the age of 12 years old Rees followed his brother and cousins and went to work in the nearby Ammanford Colliery and trained as a Coal Hewer. He lived at home at Tynycoed till the start of the Great War.

On 7th September 1914 only a month after World War One had been declared Rees, aged 20, became one of the first to sign up. He and his friends walked to the recruitment office at Tumble and he was posted to the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps). He was described as a Coal Miner at Ammanford Colliery. Living at 8 Pontamman Rd, Ammanford Tynycoed. Height 5'5 1/2 " 136 lbs. 35" chest. Green eyes, dark skin, brown hair. Next of kin father John Henry Griffiths same address.

In 1914 the October 15th edition of Amman Valley Chronicle names the men who joined up and where they worked. He was named as W. Rees Griffiths. R.A.M.C. from Ammanford Colliery.

1914 -1919 Rees served in Turkey and Egypt.

On the 18th January 1919 a leave notice says Regiment Royal Army Medical Core Reg. no 32217. 32nd Field Ambulance. Rank A/Corporal, Cond A1. Theatre of war Egypt. A Steward in Hospital who has done Clerking

He ended service on 7th March 1919 after serving 4 years 182 days. His Army Record reported that he was of very good character. He had to remain on standing service and available at anytime for another 3 years 83 days and finally left standing service on 19th June 1922.

On 3rd April 1920 Rees married Blodwen Pritchard (Blod) in Ammanford. The Reception was at "Angorfa" the Pritchard's family home. They made their home at 22 Pentwyn Road, Betws. Rees and Blod had 4 children Margaret Griffiths 1924, Beryl Griffiths 1928 and twins Dillwyn Griffiths and Daryl Griffiths born in 1936.

Rees came home from the War suffering with Malaria and Rheumatism and was awarded a small pension in 1922. He didn't go back down the Colliery and worked as a clerk for the local authority. He became the secretary of the famous Ammanford Silver Band and was a trustee along with his brother Ivor on the committee of the new Glanamman Hospital. He was now living at 16 Rice Rd, Ammanford. During WW2 1939 - 1945 he was in charge of food rationing in Ammanford and worked for the Ministry of Agriculture.

After the war the family moved to Newport to run Blod's father’s pub. He retired due to ill health in 1953 and in December 1957 Rees died aged 63.

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For many years Rees was secretary of the respected Ammanford Silver Band.

He was an active worker in establishing the Glanamman Cottage Hospital and was a trustee of the newly formed Hospital. (We're told by a member of the Glanamman Hospital League of Friends that his photograph is displayed in the Hospital Foyer).

He was also a fundraiser for a piano for Betws Junior School.

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