Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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CWB Examination Results, 1923
Boys & Girls

Below is both a transcript and the original report published in the Aberdare Leader detailing the summer 1923 CWB Examination results of pupils of both Boys’ and Girls’ County Schools. Please note the error in the report indicated by *** that is explained in the footnote.



Local Passes.


Boys: Higher Certificate: Evan Gwanwyn Davies.

Supplementary Certificates***: John Benjamin Davies, Brinley Cenydd Erricker, Robert William Francis, Edward John Shannon, John Christopher Lloyd Thomas, and David William Walters.

School Certificates: Alec Francis Carter, David Martin Edwards, Brinley Thomas Evans, William Isaac Evans, William John Evans, Mervyn Thomas Goronwy, John Ronald Hinton, Iestyn Thomas James, Edward Stanley Jenkins, Lewis Cynlais Jenkins, Trevor Jenkins, David Tudor Jones, John Sidney Jones, Thomas Gethin Jones, Trefor Jones, Ronald Collingbourn Knight, Augustine Lewis, George Herbert Marsh, John Glyndwr Nicholas, Walter William Norton, Illtyd Phillips, Melvyn Phillips, Thomas Tergyd Price, Edward Harwood Rake, Ronald Reynolds, Aubyn Roberts, Benjamin Samuel, Brynmor Powell Thomas, Illuan Isaac Thomas, Trevor Thomas, Herbert Williams.

Supplementary Certificates: Richard Norman Berry, David Garfield Evans, David Mervyn Francis, Herbert William Harold Hodges, Phillip Jones, Richard Bowen Jones, Joseph John Cyril Shannon.

Girls: Higher Certificates: Sarah Gwyneth Jenkins, Ceinwen Morgans, Edith Glenys Nest Thomas, Eluned Williams.

School Certificates: Olive Mary Brown, Anne Bryant, Irene Brydle, Mary Aileen Carroll, Elizabeth Ann Collings, Alice Mary Davies, Bronwen Davies, Catherine Pugh Davies, Dilys May Davies, Latona Davies, Margaret Elizabeth Davies, Rose Ellen Davies, Winifred Davies, Nora Duffy, Ceinwen Edwards, Edith May Edwards, Hazel Gwyneth Edwards, Gwyneth Mary Evans, Mary Ann Evans, Morfydd Evans, Olive Marion George, Vera Millicent Hall, Annie Jenkins, Doris Margaret Jenkins, Annie Llewellyn Jones, Dorothy Jones, Elizabeth Ann Jones, Elizabeth Catherine Jones, Elizabeth Ray Jones, Jessie May Jones, Edith Margaret Lewis, Phyllis Mary Lloyd, Daisy Davies Martin, Ceinwen Matthews, Caroline Mary Nort, Elizabeth Anne Owen, Mabel Owen, Elizabeth Morfydd Rees, Eva Louise Sprod, Marjorie Edith Sturdy, Lydia Mary Thomas, Arianwen Williams, Amelia Theresa Josephine Williams, Marjorie Williams.

Supplementary Certificates: Margaret Charlton Cox, Eleanor Anne Davies, Sarah Elizabeth Ellis, Kathleen Mary Eschle, Clarice Muriel Howe, Phyllis Mary Humphreys, Sarah Louise Johns, Phyllis Jones, Ivy Margretta Morgan, Olivia Morgan, Lily Olwen Morse, Edith Ray, Elizabeth Mary Rees, Florence Gwendoline Rees, Jane Williams.

Leader Cutting 1923

*** This subheading is an error which was introduced in the newspaper report. The six boys in this section should be placed in the Higher Certificate section above, joining Evan Gwanwyn Davies.


John Benjamin Davies, M.A. returned to the school in 1945 to teach History and French. He retired as senior History Master in the summer of 1967. He was known to the boys by his nickname of ‘Curly’, although he possessed an almost hairless pate!.

B.C. Erricker became Senior Maths Master at Leyton High School, N.E. London. Two of his books are in the ‘library’ in the Academic Activities section of this website.

R.W. Francis became Senior Physics Master at the school from 1947 to 1959. He left to become Headmaster of Bryn Celynnog Secondary School, Beddau.

Brinley T. Evans has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website.

E.S. Jenkins worked with J.T. Bowen on his Teach Yourself Welsh book. ESJ wrote two other Teach Yourself books; details of these are also in the ‘library’.

Trevor Jenkins was appointed Director of Education for the County of Glamorgan in September 1963.

Dr Ronald Colin Knight became a Senior Principal Scientific Officer at the Ministry of Defence. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 1958. He was the son of Mr Frank Knight, the dentist, who lived in Gorphwysfa, Richmond Terrace and practised at this time at 1, Canon Street, Aberdare and at a later date above Liptons. R.C. Knight was captain of the cricket XI in 1925; he left school in 1926 and proceeded to University College London with a Glamorgan County Council Scholarship. He died in Surrey in 1979. (His name in the honours list is reported as Ronald Collingburn Knight.)

Benjamin Samuel lived in Richmond Terrace , Abernant; he became a schoolteacher in Liverpool.

Richard Norman Berry was a son of Richard Lewis Berry, fire captain, town councillor and photographer (Globe Studios). The family lived at 1, Plasdraw Road. R.N. Berry left school in 1924 and proceeded to King’s College London with a Glamorgan C.C. Studentship.

In the girls’ list:

Gwyneth Mary Evans became headteacher of Blaengwawr Primary School

Doris Margaret Jenkins (Dolly) lived in Abernant Road. She became the headteacher of Comin Infants school

Margaret Charlton Cox was the daughter of the Headmaster of the Boys’ County School. She became a doctor.

Kathleen Mary Eschle was member of the family of Jewellers & Watchmakers, Leonard E. Eschle of Victoria Square.

Florence Gwendoline Rees became Professor of Zoology at UCW Aberystwyth and was elected FRS in 1971. Her career details can be found in Welsh Biography Online.

Aberdare Leader extract reproduced with permission of Rhondda Cynon Tâf Library Service
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