County: Glamorganshire
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 13/03/1902
Number issued: 1


Silver watch, gold albert and gold medallion, suitably inscribed, to:

4th (Glamorganshire) Company, 1st Bn. Imperial Yeomanry –
9918 Trooper Robert LEWIS
Presentation made by Mr E. Archer, at the Albion Hotel, Cilfynydd.



Pontypridd Observer, 15th March 1902


On Thursday night week a number of the friends of Trooper Bob LEWIS, of the Glamorganshire Yeomanry, met at the Albion Hotel, Cilfynydd, to welcome him on his return home from the Front. The chair was occupied by Mr D. Williams, hairdresser, as Mr J. Colenso Jones, solicitor, Pontypridd, was unable to attend. Among others present were Messrs Wm. Jones (under-manager), Sam Griffiths (Cilfynydd Level), John Jenkins (overman), Idwal David (chemist), Amry Lewis, W. Drakeford (butcher), Evan Morgan (grocer), John Rosser (coal contractor), W. Burton (butcher), J. Emlyn Jones (Royal Oak Hotel, Norton Bridge), Robert Fussel (Commercial Hotel, Cilfynydd), Wm. Rees (Albion Hotel), with Mr D. Jenkins (grocer), who very ably carried out the secretarial duties in connection with the movement.

Trooper LEWIS left for South Africa in March, 1900, and returned in May last. Before he left Wales, Trooper LEWIS was coachman to the Albion Colliery Company, and upon his return he was given back his employment. Whilst at the Front he fought in the Transvaal, Cape Colony, and Wyttbergen.

The evening’s enjoyment was opened by Master David Jenkins, Cilfynydd, who gave an overture on the piano.

Mr E. Archer, Cilfynydd, who has seen active service whilst in the Navy and was the first instructor in the St Dogmael’s Battery, and who is also an old Crimean veteran, spoke of the splendid work done at the Front by the trooper and his company, adding that he was well worthy of the presentation to be made to him that evening.

The next item on the programme was a song by the Chairman, followed by a pianoforte solo by Mr T. Davies, Cilfynydd.

Mr Sam Griffiths, the proprietor of the Cilfynydd Level, also addressed the meeting.

A song was then given by Mr Evan King, Cilfynydd.

Mr Drakeford, Cilfynydd, spoke of the excellent work done at Cilfynydd in getting up such a presentation to so worthy a trooper.

Mr D. Lloyd (attendance officer) rendered “The Village Blacksmith”. Messrs David Williams and Idwal David gave a duet entitled “Larboard Watch”, and a song was given by Mr John Rees, Cilfynydd, who was enthusiastically encored. A song was also given by Mr J. Davies, Abercynon.

Mr E. Archer, Cilfynydd, at this stage, made Trooper Bob LEWIS the recipient of a silver watch, gold albert, and gold medallion, suitably inscribed.

Trooper LEWIS suitably responded in a brief speech.

A song and dance were given by Mr John Rees, Cilfynydd. Song by Mr J. Davies, Abercynon, and Mr John Rosser gave the old favourite song entitled “The Little Oyster-shell Girl”. The accompanists were Master David Jenkins and Mr T. Davies, Cilfynydd. The concert, which was a very enjoyable one, ended with “Hen Wlad fy Nhadau” and “God Save the King”, rendered by Mr J. Davies.