John Yockney, 1953

John Yockney, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Yockney, 11 Windsor Street, Trecynon, has been awarded a State Scholarship to Swansea University College.

In the recent examinations of the General Certificate of Education at advanced level John gained a distinction in English and Geography.

He will start his studies for an arts degree in October. He hopes to take geography, economics and English.

John who gained his General Certificate of Education [O-level] in eight subjects, attended St. Fagan’s Junior School, Trecynon, before he passed into the County School.

His father, now employed at Sobell’s, Rhigos, was previously employed as a labourer by Aberdare District Council.

This success, with the State Scholarships awarded to Colin Evans1, Henry Street, Aberaman, and Morton Davies2, Broniestyn Terrace, Trecynon, some months ago, brings Aberdare Boys’ Grammar three State Scholarships3 in the course of the 1952-3 school year.


1. Colin Evans was awarded an Open Scholarship at U.C. Swansea, of £40 per annum, supplemented by the Ministry of Education to make it equivalent to a State Scholarship

2. Morton John Davies was offered a State Scholarship but he could not hold it in addition to the scholarship awarded him by the Imperial College of Science and Technology as this scholarship was supplemented by the Ministry of Education.

3. In the following month, after this press report, Victor J. Carney was awarded a State Scholarship.

Consequently, although three State Scholarships were awarded, only two, those of John Yockney and Victor Carney, were taken up.