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Offline BattyB

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Miners in Wales
« on: Thursday 12 October 17 13:42 BST (UK) »
I have been told that a few of my relations went to Wales during WW1 to work in the mines.  Is there a list of miners names for that time period ?  Thank you.
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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 12 October 17 14:17 BST (UK) »
In 1913, there were 232,000 men working in 620 mines in South Wales, so I very much doubt there is a list of names for the period you want.

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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 12 October 17 14:20 BST (UK) »
Thank you - it was worth a try :)
Doble.  North. Garrish. Jewell. Gillard.
Vincent.  Spiller. Collings. Board.   
Harris. Manfield. Manning. Salter. Eveleigh.
Strawbridge. Matthews. Sweetland.
Devon. NZ. Australia.

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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 12 October 17 14:59 BST (UK) »
In 1913, there were 232,000 men working in 620 mines in South Wales, so I very much doubt there is a list of names for the period you want.

... and all those mines separate and privately owned ....
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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 12 October 17 15:30 BST (UK) »
Its possible that they went to the mines because they had been granted conditional exemption from military service after conscription was introduced.  If this was the case then there may be some tribunal records available, or if they were conscientious objectors they may be on the CO database.

If you post details (names, ages, locations etc) we can try to help.
GIBSON: Leicestershire, Durham. MORGAN: Glamorgan, Durham, Ohio. DAVIS/DAVIES/DAVID: Glamorgan, Ohio.  JACKSON: East Yorks, North Yorks, Durham. TAYLOR: North Yorks. BOURDAS: North Yorks. JEFFREYS: Worcestershire & Northumberland. CHEESMOND: Durham/Northumberland. WINTER: Durham/Northumberland. SNOWBALL: Durham.

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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 12 October 17 15:34 BST (UK) »
Jomot - there were several young men with the same surname and from the same village who were farm labourers that went to Wales.  The problem that I have is distinguishing the same forenames i.e. Thomas, James etc.
I don't think there is an easy way around this...........
Doble.  North. Garrish. Jewell. Gillard.
Vincent.  Spiller. Collings. Board.   
Harris. Manfield. Manning. Salter. Eveleigh.
Strawbridge. Matthews. Sweetland.
Devon. NZ. Australia.

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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 12 October 17 15:42 BST (UK) »
My grandfather and his brother went the same way ;D
They were from Wiltshire, and first moved to Bedminster (Bristol) to work in the Somerset Coal Fields.
When those mines closed, they went to South Wales.

If you know in which town/village they lived, it might be possible to narrow the list of nearby mines?
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 12 October 17 15:48 BST (UK) »
Thank you - will trawl through my records and see what I can find.
Doble.  North. Garrish. Jewell. Gillard.
Vincent.  Spiller. Collings. Board.   
Harris. Manfield. Manning. Salter. Eveleigh.
Strawbridge. Matthews. Sweetland.
Devon. NZ. Australia.

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Re: Miners in Wales
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 12 October 17 15:48 BST (UK) »
You don't say when they went, but if it was during the war period then from 1916 they will have been subject to conscription.   

Although miners were granted certificates of exemption, the war machine soon needed more men and so the mine owners had to start 'combing out' men, starting with those who had entered the mines after the start of the war. 

If they didn't serve in the forces then I'd still suggest checking for tribunal or CO records.
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