Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen History Society

A web log for the Resolven History Society which publishes articles and stories related to Resolven and the immediate surroundings.

Monday, March 22, 2010

In search of the "Saint"

The story of Dai“St”John, the famous boxer has been covered before in this blog. However, recently Mr Lawrence Davies has contacted the Society regarding a book he is compiling on the history of Welsh boxing. Mr Phylip Jones and Glyn “taxi” Davies have both spoken to Mr Lawrence on the subject and he is very grateful for the information. However, another more local history story has been unearthed since Mr Lindsay Harris has loaned the Society a box file showing the campaign which he had mounted in the 1990s to get Dai “St” John’s grave re-dedicated in St David’s churchyard.

I am informed that one of the Grenadier Guardsmen pictured above had carried the coffin of Princess Diana a week earlier (Editor)

The campaign entailed a long negotiation with Neath Borough Council and the Grenadier Guards Association and resulted in religious service on the 30th of September,1997.

The story is recalled in the two newspaper articles shown below.

Click on articles to enlarge.