Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Guild
St Cynidr and St Peter
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 (11–2–23 in F)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Rung half-muffled
1 Colin A Lewis
2 Rebcecca Drysdale
3 Alison C Alcock
4 David Katz
5 Hal Drysdale (C)
6 Alec Edwards
In memory of Private William Austin Hamer, Glasbury. Died 04/12/1918 age 19. South Wales Borderers 1st Bn. Service No.46813. Buried at Charmes Military Cemetery, Essegney, France, Grave I G 7. Born first quarter of 1899 and baptised 05/02/1899 at Builth Wells. One of eight children, seven surviving at the 1911 census. Son of John Hamer and Sarah Hamer (née Lewis) of Pontneddfechan, Glamorgan. He was at school at the time of the 1911 census when he lived in Clarence Cottage, Velindre and later worked as a coal miner at the Empire Colliery, Glynneath. Enlisted in Neath. He had been captured by the Germans on 18/04/1918 and was one of the first prisoners of war to be returned to the British authorities in France after the armistice. His mother was informed that he was malnourished and was “nothing but bones”. He contracted pneumonia on 26/11/1918 and later died at No.42 Stationary Hospital. A memorial peal of Doubles with three covering tenors was rung at this church on 04/01/1920 for Private Hamer and two other fallen Glasbury servicemen ringers.
The Weekly Journal for Church Bell Ringers since 1911