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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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CWB Examination Results, 1932

C.W.B. Examinations.
Results in Detail.

Below we publish in detail the results in the Central Welsh Board examination. A list of names of successful candidates was published in our second edition last week. Hereunder are the names and subjects passed :—

ABERDARE BOYS’ COUNTY SCHOOL

Higher Certificates.

Islwyn Thomas Davies : Pure mathematics, applied mathematics, chemistry with distinction.

Ronald James Davies : English, French with conversational powers, history.

Morgan Edwards : Pure mathematics, botany, zoology.

David Alfred Evans : Physics, botany, zoology.

Clarence George Gardener : Pure mathematics, botany with distinction, zoology with distinction.

David John George Hill : English, Latin.

George Maclaren Humphreys : Pure mathematics, applied mathematics, physics.

Henry Anthony James : English, Latin, French with conversational power.

Frederick Llewelyn Jenkins : English, Latin, French with conversational power.

Spencer Robinson Jones : English with distinction, French with conversational power.

Vernon Jones : English, French with conversational power.

William Mervyn Lloyd : History with distinction, economics, pure mathematics.

David George Parry : Pure and applied mathematics, physics, chemistry.

William Rhydderch : English, Latin, history.

Joseph Douglas Richards : English, history with distinction, economics.

Merlyn Richards : English, Latin, French with conversational power.

William Owen Thomas : Pure mathematics, applied mathematics, biology.

Myrddin Williams : Botany, zoology.

Thomas John Williams : English with distinction, Latin, French with conversational power.  

School Certificate.

Joseph Edwin Amos : English, history, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, biology, book-keeping.

Glyndwr Bateman : English, Welsh, mathematics, physics (1), chemistry, art.

Leslie John Bennett : English, history, Latin with distinction, French with oral proficiency, mathematics with distinction, geography, biology with distinction.

Joseph Jas. D. Bowen : English, history, French, mathematics, biology, shorthand.

Daniel Edwin Davies : English, Latin, French with oral proficiency, arithmetic with credit.

Idwal Rees Davies : Latin, mathematics, biology.

Isaac Rees Davies : English, history, Latin, Welsh, arithmetic with credit, geography.

William George Davies : Welsh, arithmetic with credit, biology.

Merfyn Edwards : English, history, Latin, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, geography, biology.

David Thomas Evans : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, geography, biology with distinction, book-keeping and shorthand.

Gwynfryn Evans : History, arithmetic with credit, geography.

John Rowland Evans : English, Latin, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, geography.

William Evans : English, history, mathematics, art.

William Daniel Evans : Welsh, arithmetic with credit, geography.

John Harlow : Welsh, arithmetic with credit, chemistry.

John Barclay Hough : English, history, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, biology with distinction, book-keeping.

Arthur Breese James : Mathematics, geography, biology, book-keeping.

Haydn Llew. James : English, history, Welsh, mathematics.

William Idris Jenkins : Mathematics, Physics (1), chemistry.

Richard G. Jenkins : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, geography, biology, book-keeping, shorthand.

Gwyn Lorenzo Jones : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, geography.

Geo. Wm. Lewis Jones : English, Latin, French, arithmetic with credit.

Daniel Glyn Lewis : English, mathematics, physics (1).

John Lewis : English, Latin, French, geography.

Thomas J. B. Linton : French with oral proficiency, mathematics, biology.

James Miles : English, French, mathematics, physics (1), chemistry, geography.

Clifford Morgan : English, history, French with oral proficiency, arithmetic with credit, biology, book-keeping and shorthand.

Cyril J. Morgan : English, history, French with distinction and oral proficiency, mathematics, geography, book-keeping, shorthand with distinction, biology.

David Martin Morgan : English, history, Latin with distinction, Welsh, mathematics, biology.

John Henry Morgan : English, mathematics, physics (1), geography.

Wendell Nicholas : Welsh, mathematics, physics (1), chemistry.

Ivan Parker  : English, mathematics, physics (1), geography.

Wilfred James Parsons : English, history, French, arithmetic with credit, biology, shorthand.

Edwin Walter Penn : English, history, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, biology, book-keeping, shorthand.

John Rees Phillips : History, Welsh, arithmetic with credit.

Evan Isaac Rees : English, history, Latin, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, geography, biology.

Ronald J. Reynolds : English, history, Latin with distinction, French with distinction and oral proficiency, arithmetic with credit.

John Roderick : English, history, Latin, French with oral proficiency, mathematics with distinction, biology.

Vincent A. D. Roberts : English, history, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, geography, biology, shorthand with distinction.

Evan David Rosser : Welsh, mathematics, geography.

Trevor Charles Shaw : English, history, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, chemistry, geography.

Edward Taylor : History, French, arithmetic with credit, art.

Ebenezer F. Thomas : Latin, Welsh, arithmetic with credit, biology.

William E. Timothy : English, history, Latin, Welsh with distinction, mathematics, geography, biology.

David Gilmour Walters : English, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, geography.

David Rees Walters : History, Welsh.

Merfyn Williams : English, Latin, French with oral proficiency, mathematics, geography, biology.

Supplementary Certificate.

Gareth Lloyd Jones : Chemistry.

William John Richards : Chemistry.

Ex-Pupil.

Daniel Davies : Arithmetic with credit.

ABERDARE GIRLS’ COUNTY SCHOOL.

Higher Certificate.

Sarah Louvain Bradfield : Pure mathematics, zoology.

Mary Glenys Davies : Geography, botany, zoology.

Catherine Eurwen Edmonds : Chemistry, botany, zoology.

Phyllis Mary Parry : Pure mathematics, botany.

Barbara Powell : Geography, botany, zoology.

School Certificate.

Nancy Badham : English, history, mathematics, biology, geography.

Bronwen Baker : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, chemistry, geography, biology.

Doris Sarah Banks : English with distinction, Welsh with distinction, arithmetic (credit), geography, domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), art.

Millicent Banks : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, geography, biology.

Doris May Clarke : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, biology.

Martha Eliz. Carter : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, biology.

Enid Patricia Clode : English with distinction, history, French (oral proficiency), mathematics, chemistry, geography, biology.

Winifred Martha Crowley : English, French (oral proficiency), arithmetic (credit), geography.

Harriet Muriel Davies : English, history, arithmetic (credit), cookery.

Ivy Davies : History, Welsh, arithmetic (credit), domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), needlework and garment construction, cookery.

Lucy Iris Davies : English, history, French (oral proficiency), mathematics, biology.

Marian Sophia Davies : English, history, Welsh, arithmetic (credit), geography, biology.

Martha Ellen Davies : History, Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), art, needlework and garment construction, cookery.

Winifred Mary Erricker : English, history, French (oral proficiency), mathematics with distinction, geography, biology.

Eirwen Gwenda Evans : History, Welsh, arithmetic (credit), geography, domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), art.

Gwendoline Evans : Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), geography, domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), needlework and garment construction, cookery.

Gwyneth Evans : English with distinction, history, Welsh with distinction, mathematics, geography, biology.

Myfanwy Hughes Evans : English, history, Welsh, biology.

Megan Eynon Griffiths : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, geography, biology.

Eliz. Mary Harris : English, history, Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), needlework and garment construction; cookery.

Margaret Emma Hutchins : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, chemistry, biology.

Ceridwen Jenkins  : English, history, Welsh (distinction), arithmetic (with credit), domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), art, cookery.

Marjorie Jenkins  : English, history, French (oral proficiency), mathematics, geography, biology.

Nancy M. Jenkins : English, history, Latin, French (oral proficiency), mathematics, geography, biology.

Morfydd Mai John : History, Welsh, arithmetic (credit), geography, art, needlework and garment construction; cookery.

Aeronwen Jones : English, history, Welsh (distinction), arithmetic (with credit), needlework and garment construction; cookery.

Ira Mary Jones : History, Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), geography, domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), art, needlework and garment construction; cookery.

Margaret Alberta Jones : English, history, French (oral proficiency), mathematics, geography, biology (distinction).

Martha Ann Jones : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, chemistry, geography, biology.

Megan Jones : History, Welsh, biology.

Eliz. Lloyd : English, history, French (distinction and oral proficiency), mathematics, geography, biology.

Margaret Eira Mackintosh : English, history, French (distinction and oral proficiency), mathematics, chemistry, geography, biology (distinction).

Ethel May Moore : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, geography, biology.

Nesta Morgan : English, history, French (oral proficiency), arithmetic (with credit), biology.

Sarah Ann Morgan : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, biology.

Gwyneth Mary Morris : English, Welsh, mathematics.

Mary Ann Morris : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene).

Gladys L. Nicholas : English, history, Welsh, mathematics (distinction), geography, biology (distinction).

Marjorie Dilys Owen : English, history, Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), needlework and garment construction (distinction), cookery.

Ethel Dagmar Petersen : English, history, Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), domestic science (including elementary physiology and hygiene), art, needlework and garment construction (distinction), cookery.

Edith Mary Phillips : History, mathematics, chemistry, geography, biology.

Morfydd Phillips : History, Welsh, mathematics.

Nancy Prosser : History, Welsh, mathematics, biology.

Dilys Eliz. Quick : English, history, French (with oral proficiency), arithmetic (with credit), geography.

Prudence Ray : English, French, arithmetic (with credit), geography.

Daisy Rosser : English, French, arithmetic (with credit), biology.

Betty Rowlands : English, French (with oral proficiency), mathematics, biology.

Fanny W. Joan Stephenson : English, history, French (with oral proficiency), arithmetic (with credit), geography, biology.

Catherine Mary Thomas : English, history, Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), chemistry, biology.

Kate Mary Thomas : English, history, Welsh, mathematics, biology.

Ruby Caroline Thomas : English, history, French (with oral proficiency), mathematics, geography, biology.

Sybil Thomas : Welsh, arithmetic (with credit), cookery.

Eleanor Ann Turner : English, history, French (distinction and oral proficiency), mathematics, geography, biology (distinction).

Sylvia Wilson : English, history, French (with oral proficiency), arithmetic (with credit), biology.

Supplementary Certificate.

Delia Helena Evans : Latin.

Agnes Jenkins : Latin.

Ann R. Morwen Roberts : Latin.

Marjorie Walters : Latin.

Ex-Pupils.

Glenys Megan John : English.

Ruth Magdalene Owens : History.

Sarah Voyle : Arithmetic (with credit).

 

MOUNTAIN ASH COUNTY SCHOOL.

Extracts

Higher Certificate.

Russell John Sheppard : English, history with distinction.

School Certificate.

Douglas Ernest Sheppard : History, arithmetic, physics.

Gwilym Williams : English, history (distinction), Latin, Welsh, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography.

Higher Certificate was roughly equivalent to GCE Advanced Level, and taken at an age of about 18 years.
School Certificate was taken at the age of 16, but to gain the certificate passes in a minimum number of subjects was required.
The Supplementary certificate was usually taken after one year in the sixth form and was awarded in separate subjects.

Notes

David John George Hill, (Aug 1913–May 1968)
DJG Hill After school, David Hill entered UCW Aberystwyth and graduated in French. Before WW2 he taught for a brief period at Canton High School Cardiff, before leaving for the forces; he served from 1941 to 1944. After the war he taught at ABGS 1944–55, and then left for a Headship at Ynyslwyd Secondary School. Whilst at ABGS he married Rona Rees 1950. In 1960 he was appointed to a Headship at Rhydywaun Secondary School. He was also heavily involved in local politics and was first elected as a member of the council in Aberdare in 1952. He became Chairman of the AUDC, 1965–66. He also served on the Parochial Church Council for St Fagan's Parish. He died early, at the age of 54. His funeral which was very well attended took place at St Fagan’s Church, Trecynon on May 31st, 1968.

George Maclaren Humphreys, b. 1913
From Godreaman, George Humphreys proceeded to UCW Aberystwyth on leaving school in 1932. Little is known about his later career except for the following which was gleaned from the London Gazette: George Maclaren Humphreys was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List for 1951. At that time the official citation read: ‘George Maclaren Humphreys, Esq., A.F.R.Ae.S., Senior Experimental Officer, Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Ministry of Supply, Boscombe Down.’ In the book ‘Test Pilot’ (BBC Publications), by Brian Johnson, Maclaren Humphreys is described as a physicist civilian A&AEE Technical Officer in 1943.

Spencer Robinson Jones, (1914–2002), came from Robertstown, but in his later years when he was headmaster at Bryngolwg School, he lived in Abernant. His career is described in an article in the Former Pupils section of this website.

Ronald J. Reynolds, (1916–2008), went on to gain Highers in English, Latin and French in 1934 and left school in 1935.

William Ewart Timothy, (1914–1982), was the younger brother of Oliver J. Timothy, (1913–2009). William went off to Caerleon to train as a teacher after taking his Highers in 1934. Oliver did his Highers in 1931 and went to UC Cardiff to complete a degree in Modern Languages, which eventually helped put him in the Intelligence Services during WW2. The brothers were brought up at 12 King Street in Cwmdare. (In adult life Oliver did not initially stray very far, for when working in Aberdare in the 1960s, he and his wife Mattie lived in Trem-y-Fro, Cwmdare Road just a few minutes away from his boyhood home.)

 

Catherine Eurwen Edmonds was the daughter of Jack and Eleanor Edmonds of Park View Terrace, Abernant. She became a schoolteacher, who married another teacher, Leonard Workman, who taught first at Budleigh Salterton, Devon and subsequently at Worcester.

Bronwen Baker was brought up in George Street Aberaman; her parents being members at Gwawr Welsh Baptist Chapel. She became a became a District Nurse in Barking, East London. Whilst in London she kept up her chapel going at the Baptist Church in Castle Street. Bronwen died in November 1999.

Dilys Elizabeth Quick, (1916–2003), taught at Aberdare Boys’ County School, (Geology & Geography 1940–42). On vacating this post, she went west, taking up a teaching position at Gowerton Secondary School for Girls, but ended her career teaching at the Swansea Training College. Like her brother Griffith, she also added to her initial academic qualifications during her career; initially B.A. (UCW 1938), she later acquired both an M.A. and a Ph.D. In the late 80s and early 90s Dilys Quick served on the committee of Capel, (Cymdeithas Treftadaeth Y Capeli — The Chapels Heritage Society). Dilys was born in Aberdare, brought up in Cwmaman and attended the Aberdare Girls’ County School, 1928–35. In Swansea she lived at Belgrave Court, Uplands. Her funeral service took place at Llwydcoed Crematorium Aberdare, on 22nd December 2003.

Betty Rowlands was probably one of the two daughters of John L. Rowlands, a co-founder of The Aberdare Leader. The family lived, and still does, in Abernant Road. Betty Rowlands taught at Aberdare Girls Grammar School.

Eleanor (Nellie) Ann Turner was on the staff of Aman Secondary School for many years. She lived on the Gadlys and was a member at Siloa Independent Chapel.

Marjorie Walters (1915–1987)
Marjorie Walters was the daughter of William David Walters and his wife Margaret, (née Jones) of 26 Broniestyn Terrace, Trecynon. Two of Marjorie’s aunts, (her mother’s sisters), the Misses Agnes and Mary Jones, were headteachers of Park Infants’ School, 1915—1938 and 1938–?, respectively. Marjorie attended Park School, Aberdare County School for Girls, and the University of London from which she gained a 1st in English and an M.A. She then became a postgraduate student at Somerville College, Oxford (1938–1940), and in 1941 she was awarded a D. Phil. after writing a thesis on Francis Bacon. She was the recipient of a Sidgwick Scholarship worth over £600. During the latter part of World War 2 she worked in the Ministry of Information (American Division), moving on to a role as a Principal, (Grade 7), in the Civil Service after the War. She was later appointed Principal of The Lady Spencer Churchill College of Education, a teacher training college in Wheatley near Oxford. This college merged with Oxford Polytechnic in 1976, which in turn became Oxford Brookes University in 1992. Lady Linstead was born in 1915 and died 2 November 1987. There was a Memorial Service to celebrate her life that took place the following month on 5 December in Blockley in the Cotswolds. In 1942 she had married Professor Patrick Linstead FRS, (1902–1966). He was a distinguished academic chemist who became Rector of Imperial College, London, 1954–66. Whilst in this post he was knighted in 1959. Linstead Hall of Residence in Prince’s Gardens is named after him.
 

Mountain Ash County School (Extracts)

Douglas Ernest Sheppard : was the younger brother of Russell John Sheppard, (1914–1999), Glamorgan LEA County Inspector, but more significantly the founder of the Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, and Glamorgan Youth Choir. The Sheppard family lived in Upper Forest Level, Newtown, Mountain Ash. Douglas went on to pass English, Latin, and History at the Higher Stage.

Gwilym Williams : taught at ABGS from 1939, and became its Headmaster from 1970 to 1977. His career is outlined in the Headmasters’ section of this website.