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Bill Gascoine

by PCW ~, 04 December 2012

We are sad to hear that Bill Gascoine has passed away.

A brief recollection by Jem Rowland:

Bill was a fine caver, good company, and a significant figure in cave science. Although his main loyalty lay with the Brynmawr and Cwmbran Clubs, he was an SWCC member for many years and a familiar face at Penwyllt. He was a past chairman of the Cambrian Caving Council, and also closely involved with various other organisations, including NCA and BCRA. Among his very many caving achievements, he was one of the discoverers of Ogof Craig a Ffynnon after many years of dedicated digging.

Bill's place in posterity is assured by, along with very many other things, his major study of the hydrology of the main South Wales limestone areas, including important and meticulously executed water tracing. This is well documented in his contribution to 'Limestones and Caves of Wales' and elsewhere.

On SWCC's home patch, he confirmed sinks for Dan yr Ogof, and revealed the main sinks for the major resurgences at Ffrydiau Twrch and Ffrwd Las where, in all three cases, enormous cave potential awaits us.

Bill was an energetic and successful caver and scientist whose activities have led to some of the most significant cave discoveries in South Wales. Through his documented hydrology studies he may well contribute to more in the future. He will be sadly missed.

His funeral service will be held on Wednesday 12 December 10.30 am at Gwent crematorium in Cwmbran.

(Bill is on the right of the photo by Clive Gardener)