John Williams AM

b. ? d. ?

DATE OF AM ACTION: 08/04/1877 Tynewydd Colliery, Porth, South Wales.

John Williams AM

Nothing is known of the life of John Williams AM other than his actions on 8th April 1877 at Tynewydd Colliery in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales.



On the llth of April, the Tynewydd Colliery, situated near Porth, in the Rhoudda 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. During the five days from April the 16th to April the 20th, the above-named eleven men were at various times engaged in cutting through the barrier of coal separating them from the five imprisoned men, and while exposing their own lives to the great danger which would have resulted from an outburst of compressed air and water, and to the danger which actually existed from the presence of large quantities of inflammable gas, continued to perform their work until the five men were safely rescued.