refugees from the bombs of London. Islwyn was with the Metropolitan Police. So Cleir Davies took John and myself to Rhos Las for an outing on one occasion. I was to wander there often in ensuing months and years.
It might be as well at this point to name the Ballard girls in order, so that you may see where I link in:
Elizabeth (Bess), Lydia, Ceinwen, Ann and Margaret (twins), Beryl, Mona - that is from eldest to youngest. All are now deceased. Bess, Margaret and Mona never married. Lydia married Griffith Thomas of Pontlottyn. They had one son, my cousin Huw Ballard Thomas, mentioned in your pages .
Ceinwen married William Henry Oliver, born in Acrefair (pr. Akreh-Vayr) near Wrexham and brought up in Pontypridd. I am their son and my sister Elise lives in Devon. Please note - the name is ELISE and NOT Elsie....she goes mad if ...Elise is in touch with Peter Price and Bert Cumpstone, Jnr. She also had some contact with Emlyn Evans during his period at the National Museum.
Ann married Charles Hulme of Lancashire; their twins were stillborn and are buried at Pentwyn; they adopted a daughter Barbara. The family grave at Pentwyn holds the twins and my grandparents.
Beryl, as I have said, married Islwyn Davies (y Nant); their two sons are John ( a retired M.D.) and Geraint (Solicitor, semi-retired).
My sister and I are both retired teachers. I live in Essex and have done so for about 50 years now. I left Wales to work as a teacher in Essex and have lived here ever since!
When we lived in Moore's Row the people living there were:
1: Tom Ballard (tadcu) and Aunt Bess
2: Us; we left Fochriw for Barry soon after the war
3: Tom Evans and family; the two sons were Emlyn (featured in your pages) and Glyn, who was in the R.N. during the war and on "HMS Ark Royal" when she was sunk. He did survive. There was also a daughter, whose name escapes me for the moment but I do remember that she was a nurse. "Uncle Tom" as I knew him, was killed underground when coming off shift a few weeks before his retirement. Aunt Bess and I were in Bargoed at the time and were walking to the Bus Stop to return to Fochriw when we heard the colliery siren sound. On our return we learned what had happened. I was staying with her for a week to renew my links with Fochriw.
4: I believe the family there were Mr and Mrs Phillips. I note that this is now a Post Office. When I lived there the Post Office was in Station Terrace. In fact it had been a shop from very early on; a glance at the 1901 Census reveals that it was in use as such even then. My grandparents lived in the same terrace, but the census was taken just before the birth of my Aunt Bess in that year, so she does not appear.