Emrys Bevan, 1904 – 1980
It is not surprising, therefore, that the young Emrys Bevan, then emerging as the kindly character he became in adulthood, resisted the attempt of Mr D E Williams, headmaster at Gowerton, to channel him into higher education for which he seemed ideally equipped following matriculation. He joined so many of his generation whose consciences brought prematurely to a close their formal education, surrendered as it was to economic rather than rational forces.
And so it was in 1920, at the age of sixteen that Emrys started to work at the offices of the fateful Killan Colliery. When tragedy struck and the colliery was flooded, Emrys was transferred to the Grovesend Steel and Tinplate Company, owners of the mine. He was to serve this industry for 45 years.