Terrace - V.E. Day Celebrations
(a) As far as I can remember this was Ronnie and he lived a few
houses below the Brittania Inn. It is 'possible' that a? was his sister.
(b) This was Clive Lloyd of 15 Railway Terrace. His father worked
at Glyndyrys Farm and was the local milkman. I occasionally 'helped'
with his milk round gaining the odd penny in the process.
(c) I think this was Peter Harris of 8 Railway Terrace.
(d) This was Billy Shinnock, a great friend, living in the street
north of Mardy Terrace. Alas, he was killed in a road accident near
Llwynon Reservoir. His father charged our wireless accumulators during
(e) This was Margaret Llywelyn of 2 Railway Terrace.
(f) I 'think' the two girls marked 'f' may have been sisters
living in 1 Gladstone Terrace.
(g) These two are myself age 10 and my brother Gwilym age 6 of 18
(h) These were Maldwyn Davies and sister Sheila Davies of 9
Railway Terrace. Their father, Tommy Davies, was a driver of Morlais
(k) I 'think' this was Sandra Shore of 5 Railway Terrace. Widow
Mrs Shore (husband in navy killed during the war) lived with three
children, two away at naval boarding school.
(m) Byron Stephens lived at 22 Mardy Terrace. It is possible that
one of the 'n' children 'may' instead have been his brother - Colin
(n) There is much uncertainty here. Mrs Nicholls lived about 12
Mardy Terrace with several children.
(o) Shirley Henessey lived at 1 Mardy Terrace and her grandfather
used the front room for shoe-repairs, etc.
(s) Bill Spurrier (senior) holding daughter Ann and Billy
Spurrier (junior) crying by the soldier. Bill Spurrier senior was a
railway driver and Mrs Spurrier of 21 Railway Terrace usually organised
coach trips to Barry Island or Porthcawl during the war.
(t) The Thomas family of 5 Mardy Terrace, Mrs Thomas with
daughter and Mosty Thomas near me.
Alas, after 65 years since
the photograph the memory fails and I may not be correct in every
instance. Those with a query mark are beyond my recollection. The reason
for Billy Spurrier and Shiela Davies needing comfort is that one
soldier, in order to brighten everyone up, set of a very loud detonator
which startled some of the youngest. Every now and again, perhaps weekly
or fortnightly, about 4-6 lorries came down from Brecon, deposited the
soldiers in town, and parked their empty lorries in our street. The
drivers were supposed to guard the lorries but invariably were invited
indoors for a meal, etc.
Courtesy of John Griffiths)
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