Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
Published Examination Results
CWB Examination Results, 1903
County School, Aberdare.
Gomer D. Griffiths and Edwin J. Williams have been awarded County Exhibitions of £40 a year for three years, tenable at any University College. These awards were made on the results of the Central Welsh Board examination, held in July. On the results of the same examination the following certificates have been won by pupils of this school:—
Honours certificates (3), Gaynor R. Jones, Gomer D. Griffiths, Edwin J. Williams.
Senior certificates (13): Thomas Davies, Margaret C. Grier, Lillian L. John, May John, Jonathan Jones, T.G. Jones, D.H. Parry, Aenid Picton, D.E. Price, Tom Rees, Henry Roderick, Bessie Williams, T.J. Williams.
Junior certificates (37): Lizzie Daniel, Annie S. Davies, Hetty Davies, D.R. Davies, Blodwen Edwards, Edwin Edwards, Nancy Edwards, David Evans, Mary Ceinwen Evans, May Evans, Nellie Goodwin, Fred Griffith, Ezer Griffiths, Owen Hughes, Sarah J. Jenkins, Maggie M. John, Gwladys Jones, J.D. Jones, Maggie A. Jones, Mary Jones, W.S. Levinson, J. Mackintosh, May Morgan, Matilda Morgan, Lizzie Parfitt, Nellie Phillips, Katie Powell, Sarah J. Powell, Mildred Pratt, Lillian Probert, G.T. Rees, Maggie M. Rees, S.C. Rees, Tegwen Rees, David Roderick, J.W. Rowland, Ethel Watkins.
This is the largest number of certificates ever won at the school, and it is doubtful whether any County School in Wales has an equal record.
In the Honours Certificate section:
- Gaynor R. Jones was the daughter of Rev. Owen Jones, a Congregationalist minister of Mountain Ash.
- Gomer D. Griffiths was the son of a boiler man from Seymour Street.
- Edwin J. Williams was the son of a blacksmith from Tramway, Hirwaun.
In the Senior certificate section:
- Margaret Grier lived at Stationers Hall, Mountain Ash.
- Lilian John was one of three sisters and was the daughter of Richard John, a stonemason originally from St. David’s in Pembrokeshire, and his wife Margaret from Portsmouth. Lilian has an article in the December 1905 edition of The Aberdarian, which can be seen in the Aberdarian section of this website.
- Jonathan Jones was the son of a High Street butcher.
- Thomas George Jones was the son of a collier from Hirwaun.
- David Henry Parry was the son of a collier of Aberaman Road.
- Aenid Picton was the son of Simon Picton an accountant of Ivy Green, Hirwaun. Aenid has an article in the August 1906 edition of The Aberdarian.
- David Edgar Price was another of the pupils who travelled from Mountain Ash.
- Tom Rees was from Bevan Terrace, Hirwaun.
- Henry Roderick was a son of Thomas Roderick the Aberdare architect of Ashbrook House, Clifton Street.
- Elizabeth “Bessie” Williams was the daughter of a coachbuilder of High St., Aberdare. She left school in 1903 and entered Cardiff Training School of Domestic Science. After three teaching posts in England and south Wales, she was appointed as a founding member of staff at Aberdare Girls Intermediate School in 1913 to teach domestic subjects. She remained at the school until about 1943.
- Thomas John Williams was the son of a haulier from Gwawr Street.
In the Junior Certificate section:
- Lizzie Daniel was the daughter of a collier from Crown Row, Cwmbach.
- Annie Sophia Davies was the daughter of a collier from Victoria St., Cwmbach.
- Hetty Davies was the daughter of a collier from Darran Rd., Mountain Ash.
- Blodwen Edwards came from Llety Ifor, Mountain Ash.
- Nancy Edwards of Cwmdare Post Office, later married D.O. Roberts of Llwydcoed, and was the mother of the dentist D.G.E. Roberts of Broniestyn Terrace.
- David Evans was the son of a collier from Aman St., Cwmaman.
- Mary Ceinwen Evans was the daughter of a collier from High St., Hirwaun.
- Nellie Goodwin was the daughter of an engine driver from Tudor Terrace.
- Ezer Griffiths became a well-known physicist and gained the accolade of Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS.
- Sarah Jane Jenkins was the daughter of a Winding Engineman from Glan Road.
- Maggie John was from Bell St., Trecynon.
- Gwladys Jones was the daughter of a county court clerk of Iscoed, Abernant.
- John Daniel Jones was the son of a shoemaker of Cardiff Road.
- Maggie Ann Jones was the daughter of a collier from Rhigos Road, Hirwaun.
- Mary Jones was the daughter of a weaver of High St., Aberdare.
- William Samuel Levinson was the son of Lewis Levinson a furniture dealer of Commercial Street, Mountain Ash.
- Jack Mackintosh was the son of a draper of Highland Villa.
- Matilda Morgan came from Tai Cwpla Farm, Penderyn.
- Elizabeth Ann Parfitt, the daughter of a collier, of Lower Forest Level, Mountain Ash eventually went up to Girton College, Cambridge.
- Nellie Phillips was the daughter of a confectioner of Nith St.
- Katie Powell was the daughter of an accountant of Stuart St.
- Sarah Jane Powell was the daughter of a checkweigher of Mountain Ash.
- Mildred Pratt became Vice President of the Past Student Society, (as Mrs Mildred Shingler). She came from Fox Street in Mountain Ash, and was the daughter of a Mountain Ash schoolmistress.
- Lilian Annie Probert was the daughter of a furniture dealer of Glanffrwd, Mountain Ash.
- Gwilym Thomas Rees was the son of a checkweigher from Aberaman.
- Maggie May Rees was the daughter of a platelayer of Mountain Ash.
- Sydney Charles Rees was the son of a tinplate assorter of Dean St.
- Tegwen Rees came from Bevan’s Terrace, Hirwaun.
- David Roderick was a son of Thomas Roderick the Aberdare architect of Ashbrook House, Clifton Street.
- Joseph William Rowland came from Rock Villa, Mountain Ash.
- Ethel Watkins was the daughter of a collier from Lyndhurst St, Mountain Ash.
Ezer Griffiths has an entry in the Former Pupil section of this website.