Press Coverage of Dennis Hoggins’ Funeral
The Aberdare Leader, 5 December 1942

R.A.F. Pilot


Deeply impressive scenes marked the burial at Aberdare Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, of Sergt.-Pilot Dennis Hoggins, R.A.F., V.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Hoggins, Temedale, Broniestyn Terrace, Aberdare, whose death on active service is reported in page 3.

The coffin, draped with the Union Jack, arrived at Aberdare on Tuesday morning from an R.A.F. station, and five of his serving comrades, all sergeants, came from the unit to act as bearers, including Sergt,-Pilot Douglas Nutt, Mountain Ash, a close friend, and under the command of Pilot Officer Everett, D.F.C. Hirwaun.

As the cortege was assembling, including contingents of the Home Guard (of which Sergt.-Pilot Hoggins was formerly a member) and the Air Training Corps boys of the Aberdare County School, where he had been a pupil and champion athlete, lined the Terrace in the charge of their masters.

Blinds were drawn in all the houses along the road to the cemetery, and the coffin was covered with a profusion of floral tributes.

The funeral procession was large and representative, the Home Guard parading in funeral order under the command of Major J. Baughton, B.E.M., M.C., and Lieut. Ceredig Jones, and the boys of the A.T.C. under the command of Flying Officer Hargreaves, F.O. T.H. Davies, M.M., and Pilot Officer W. Davies.

General public followed, among those attending being noticed the head master (Mr. Gwilym P. Ambrose, M.A.), Bryn Reynolds, B.A., and staff of the County School, the Revs. E.R. Dennis and R. Ivor Parry, M.A., Mr. T. Marchant Harries (registrar), Coun. G.T. Harvey (Special Inspector), representing the Special Poice, of which Mr. R.V. Hoggins was a member prior to his illness; Messrs. Gilbert Barlow, M.E., manager of Tower Colliery, where deceased had been a mining student; C. Lyons, J.G. Pearson, Daniel Davies, M.E., John Roberts, J.D. Williams, Ben Nicholas, J. Phelps, David Davies, S. Garrett, P.-Supt. Tom Davies and Inspector John Jenkins, D. Beynon Jones, J. Giles, W.E. Jones, Gwilym Rees, R. Jones and I. Williams (representing Aberdare Social Club), J.L. Thomas (U.D.C. accountant), W.H. Davies and Edgar de Lloyd (reprtesenting Park School), D. Ewart Rees, — Morgan (G.W.R. Loco Supt.), and others.

The officiating clergy were the Revs. E.W. Hughes, B.A., vicar, J.D. Hughes, LL.B., and A.L. Jones, B.A., and during an impressive service at the graveside, the hymn “Jesu, lover of my sole” was sung.

Chief mourners were:—Parents; Bryan, brother; Christine, sister; Mr. and Mrs D. Hoggins, Rhyl, grand-parents; Miss Jevan and Mrs Bates, aunts.

Wreaths: Mammy, dad, Bryan and Christine; Granny and granddad, Granny Jevon, aunties and uncles; Head master and Staff, Aberdare Boys’ County School; Officers and Sergt.-Pupils; Sergeants’ Mess, R.A.F.; Commanding Officer, Officers and staff; Airmenand Airwomen; Commanding Officer and Officers, Royal Air Force at ——; Prefects and Seniors, Aberdare Boys’ County School; Members of Iva, Aberdare Boys’ County School; Former Colleagues, Aberdare Boys’ County School; Staff of Tower Colliery; Directors of Aberdare Relay Service, Ltd.; Aberdare Social Club; Neighbours, Lower Broniestyn; Peggy; His pal, Ken; Alan Nicholas; Edna; Mrs. Morgan and family; Noel Jotham; Dilys and Audrey, and Mrs. James; Noirman and Trevor Taylor; Ossie and Girlie Davies; Mrs. Timothy Davies and Menna; the Misses Durden; Jack and Mary Thomas, Pat and Anita; Mr. and Mrs. A. Morris, Newquay; J.G. Pearson; All at 9 Park Lane; Mr. and Mrs. Ken Jones; Mesdames Richards and Jeffries; the Rev. and Mrs. E.R. Dennis.

Funeral arrangements by the Aberdare and District Co-op Society funeral department.