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DATE OF AM ACTION: 11/04/1877 Tynewydd Colliery, Porth, Glamorgan.
Very little is known about William Thomas other than his part in the rescue operation following the Tynewydd Colliery Disaster in April 1877.
On the llth of April the Tynewydd Colliery, situated near Forth, in the Rhondda Valley, South
Wales, was inundated with water from the old workings of the adjoining Cymmer Colliery. At
the time of the inundation there were fourteen men in the pit, of whom four were unfortunately
drowned, and one killed by compressed air, leaving nine men imprisoned by the water ; of this number four were released after eighteen hours imprisonment, and five after nine days imprisonment. It was in effecting the release of these latter five that those distinguished services were rendered which the conferring of the " Albert Medal of the Second Class " is intended to recognise. From Thursday, April the 12th, when the operations for the rescue were commenced, until Friday, April the 20th, when the intervening barrier of coal had been cut through and the
imprisoned men released, the above-named eleven men were present at different times, and, while being of valuable service in the rescue, exposed their own lives to the great danger which would have attended an outburst of water and compressed air, or an explosion of the inflammable gas which at different times during the rescue escaped under great pressure and in dangerous quantities.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD. SOLD AT DNW IN JULY 2019 FOR £4,400.
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