headed the renewal of the search at daybreak, while the storm still raged. The mountain was thoroughly scoured, but it was not till 7.30 that the first discovery was made. Then, Stanley Williams, 8, Plantation-terrace, Fochriw, was recovered from an old quarry. He was able to give little information concerning his companions, but the searchers set out again, and came upon a sixteen year old girl, half buried in a snowdrift. She was conveyed to a dwelling house, and upon recovering consciousness asked for her little brother. Soon the rescuers came upon a brother and sister, almost buried in heaps of snow. The position of the rescuers was fraught with great peril, but brother and sister were eventually dug out, in an unconscious state, and taken to the Rising Sun Inn, where Nurse Mercer was in attendance. The lad, aged 13, died later. His sister, aged 20, clearly made devoted and heroic efforts during the night to succour her brother and to keep warmth in his body, until weakness overcame her. There still remained a lad, Bob Carter, of Pleasant View, to be accounted for. The rescuers probed the snow with long poles for several hours. At length, some County School boys came across a boot protruding from a heavy drift. Carter was completely buried, but was still breathing when dug out. He recovered after being conveyed home. The night's experiences of this little party created a tremendous sensation, and fine tributes are paid to the courage of the rescuers, who themselves braved considerable peril in their search. The father of the dead lad, Willie Grimmett, is in the Army, training at Rhyl.
8 April 1916 Obituary The funeral of William Arthur Grimmett, the boy who perished in a blizzard on Fochriw mountain on Monday, 27th March, took place on Monday amidst manifestations of deep sorrow. The funeral was public, and there was a large attendance, including most of the party that were out on that terrible night. A short service was held at the house conducted by the Rev. G. Williams, vicar. The cortege wended its way to Pentwyn Churchyard with the staff and scholars of Penybank School, of which the deceased was a pupil, leading the singing of "Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer." At the Church, the service was very impressive, the vicar officiating. Mr. D. Greening read the lesson, and the hymns "Thy Will be Done," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "Lead Kindly Light," being sung with much feeling. The chief mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Grimmett, parents; Nellie, Fanny and Louisa, sisters.
15 April 1916 Inquest An inquest was held at the Rising Sun Inn, on Monday, on William Arthur Grimmett, the boy who perished on Pontlottyn mountain on the morning of Tuesday, 28th March, after being exposed to the full rigours of the snow storm throughout the previous night. Mr. R. J. Rhys, coroner, presided. Elen Grimmett, aged 21, sister of the deceased, explained that her father, Charles Russell Grimmett, was a private in the 20th Welsh Regiment. On Monday night, 27th March, she said she and seven others proceeded to Pontlottyn and went to a picture palace. They left the cinema about 10 o'clock and proceeded up the mountain by the new road. When they reached the ash tip on top of the mountain, they found they had lost their way. Coroner: In which direction did you go? I could not say where we were. Coroner: Did you lose consciousness yourself? I could not say exactly. Who found you? I could not say. Was your brother with you? Yes sir, he was with me all night. Coroner: It is a mercy that you were alive. It was the roughest night I can remember. I am glad you got through it. You all might have perished. David Stanley Williams, aged 18, said he met the party homeward bound on the mountain path. Having gone a little distance, he fell into a quarry. He shouted to the party to keep back. He remained in the quarry all night, but eventually got out when help arrived. William James Whitby said he was one of the rescue party which set out on Tuesday. He found the Grimmetts on the top of a disused quarry which was right away off the Fochriw road. The eldest girl was semi-conscious, but the other two had gone off. Two of the Grimmetts were taken to the Rising Sun. Coroner: The boy was conscious then? Yes. Were they under this snow? No, not covered. They were in a crouching position. Coroner: How many people were missing from Fochriw altogether that morning? Police Sergeant Williams replied, ‘There were nine in all. There were eight in the group, and another beyond the schools.’