Mr Bowen in the 1952 Staff Photograph
Jack Bowen was one of the longest serving members of staff at the
school. He completed exactly 40 years at Trecynon serving under five of the eight
He was born on April 28th, 1893 at Penybank Farm, Llanarthney in the
Gwendraeth Valley of Carmarthenshire and attended Cefneithin Council Elementary School
until he was fourteen. He then gained a place at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
in Carmarthen remaining there until he was 18.
Then followed three years as an uncertificated teacher at his old primary school
before he went to the University College, Aberystwyth in 1914. He graduated from
there with a degree in history in 1918.
He was appointed to the County School for Boys in Aberdare and started in the
autumn term of 1918, teaching Welsh and Latin, with Scripture to lower forms. He
retired from the school aged 65 at the end of the summer term in 1958; he held the
position of Deputy Headmaster at this time.
During the 46 years that he lived in Aberdare, he remained very loyal to the county
of his birth. Indeed, many a schoolboy was made aware of the superior qualities of
Jack’s native county! However, he became thoroughly immersed in the life of
the town and school. He was a keen member of the Past Students Association, even
though he was never a pupil; he played bridge and golf; was a Freemason; and, the
secretary of the school musical society taking a leading role in the administrative
arrangements for the annual school concerts. He was an active member of the N.U.T
and for a time became president of the local branch. He also chaired the Welsh Higher