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b. 12/08/1885 Tredegar, Wales.  d. 12/05/1935 Marion, West Virginia, USA.

 

DATE OF EM ACTION: 18/05/1912 Markham Colliery, Tredegar, Wales.

 

Llewellyn, the second eldest of six children, was born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, to Llewellyn and Hannah Jane Howells. Llewellyn followed in his father's footsteps and went into the mining industry, but also studied engineering. In 1909, he married Margaret Ann Bebb in Tredegar, and at the time of his marriage he was a Colliery Under Examiner. Following the award of the Edward Medal for his part in the firedamp explosion on 18th May 1912, the later became a mining engineer. In 1929, he and Margaret emigrated to the USA, and settled in Fairmont County, West Virginia. Llewellyn died on 12th May 1935 in Marion, West Virginia aged 50. He is buried in Shinnston Memorial Cemetery, Shinnston.

 

EM CITATION:

 

On the 18th of May last an explosion of firedamp occurred at one of the pits which was in process of sinking at the Markham Colliery, Tredegar, and resulted in the death of five men. At the time of the explosion two men were down the shaft, which was then full of afterdamp. A rescue party was organised, consisting of the men above-mentioned, who descended the shaft, and after an hour's work reached the pump lodge room at a depth of 350 yards from the surface, where they found a man named Snashall, who was badly burned. After some difficulty they managed to get Snashall into the bucket, in which he was safely raised to the surface. All the rescuers were equipped with breathing apparatus, but Mr. Wooley had not previously worn it.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: SHINNSTON MEMORIAL CEMETERY, SHINNSTON, WEST VIRGINIA, USA.

LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Llewellyn Howells EM

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