William Thomas and Dorothy Mary Ambrose.

Pictured here on their golden wedding anniversary in 1972 at Wernolau, Pontamman.

William T 1899 -1984

Born on the 5th February 1899 at 25 Brynbedw Terrace, Blaengarw, Llangeinor near Bridgend, Glamorgan. The eldest of two sons born to John and Margaretta Ambrose.


Dorothy Mary Ambrose nee Lewis called Dolly 1899 - 1987

Born on 20th June 1899 at home at 22 Barclay street, Bridgewater, Somerset. The second child of eight to be born to Almond William Arthur Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis nee Milton.

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A portrait of Dolly


Eveline Teresa

Elizabeth Sarah Margaretta (Betty)

William John

There were two other children but they died young, possibly at birth (info 1911 census).










Dorothy's mother Elizabeth


William T Siblings:-

Isaac John Ambrose


Dorothy Siblings:-

Dermott William Milton (Willie) 1898 - 1921

Teresa Annie 1900 -1975

Thomas Frederick (Jack or Johnie) 1903 - 1975

Arthur Henry (Arthur)1905 -1983

Emma Elizabeth (Bessie) 1909 -1989









Johnie Arthur Bessie
A portrait of Teresa A portrait of Johnie    

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William Thomas Ambrose (Will T) was born on the 5th February 1899 at 25 Brynbedw Terrace, Blaengarw, Llangeinor near Bridgend, Glamorgan. The eldest of two sons born to John and Margaretta Ambrose born Llanegwad, Carmarthenshire a collier below ground and his mother Margaretta Ambrose nee Thomas born Llangeitho, Blaenpennal, Cardiganshire.

In 1903-4 the family moved home to Samaria, Cefnberrach, Golden Grove (officially Llanfiangel Aberythych) the home of John's father William. Will T and his brother Isaac grew up there in the old cottage and attended Golden Grove School. Being Methodists he attended the small chapel at Cefn Berrach just along the road.

At the age of eleven he left school to take up the Ambrose family trade of carpentry. He worked seven years as an apprentice to Rees Caeffrwn Farm, Nantygroes, Millo and became a qualified wheelwright. He was called up during WW1 and served in France in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Returning from the War he left home and moved to Aberdare working on the railways making and laying wooden sleepers then in the colliery as a carpenter underground. There, in Aberdare, he met his future wife Dorothy Mary Lewis (Dolly) in the fish and grocer shop where she worked and they were married in Aberdare Register Office on 3rd June 1922. After a near fatal experience working on the night shift in the Colliery, Dolly told Will T that she didn't want him to work underground any more and they would have to manage a living a safer way. Her eldest brother Dermott (Willie) had been killed in November 1921, the previous year, in the colliery at Tonmawr. They left Aberdare on Oct 10th 1922 (1) moving to Croesfwlch Golden Grove (next door to Samaria) returning to work for Rees Caeffrwn starting work on Saturday 15th October 1923. For the next twelve years he worked as a carpenter from home and, whenever he could, got work at the lime works at Llandebie.

On the death of his father John in 1929, Will T and his family moved back into Samaria looking after his mother who had long suffered from epileptic fits.

Around 1935 he got a job as the estates carpenter on the nearby Cawder Estate and took up the tenancy at East Cottage, Golden Grove where he lived after retirement in till 24th Jan 1980 when he moved with Dolly to an OAP Bungalow at 57, Brandyway, Pontyberem. He died at home on the 27th Sept 1984 aged 85.

During WW2 he served in the local Home Guard based at Llangathen.

(1) From notes in Will T note book says 1922 "We came down home on Oct 10th Tues., (They left Aberdare for Golden Grove) I started work in Caeffwrn on Sat 15th Oct.” (Caeffwrn was a farm where he learned his trade and became a wheelwright. it was in-between Nantygroes and Milo).


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