Roath War Memorials:
The only community war memorial in the old parish of Roath is the Splott War Memorial outside St Saviour’s Church. There are quite a collection of other war memorials in churches, clubs or schools. Some have been lost and others probably waiting to be found. We have started to put together a Roath Virtual War Memorial which is very much an ongoing project.
Meanwhile, here are the memorials that have been found. Click on the links where present to take you to further information about the individual memorials.
The Roll of Honour of the Mackintosh Institute was damaged during the movement of furniture and subsequently discarded. A photograph of the roll of honour survives and research into those names has been carried out and recorded. Click on the link above to read that research.
Now called The Gate Arts Centre there is both a WWI plaque containing twenty one names and a WWII plaque containing six names present.
The history of the plaques themselves and in particular the story of those named on the plaques has been well researched by David Pike and is detailed in his blog.
The WWI memorial plaque is in the safe keeping of Cardiff Bereavement Services.
The roll of honour naming the individuals from the church that took part WWI had become lost and was later found for sale in a second hand shop. It was purchased and now hangs in Roath Park Primary School.
Follow the link above to discover more of these memorials.
There used to be a stone monument war memorial in the area we currently refer to as Roath but alas no longer. It stood outside Roath Road Wesleyan church on the corner of City Road and Newport Road.
‘Patriot’s Avenue’ or Russell Street Memorial‘ was originally a plaque on the New Park Liberal Club, City Road, Cardiff. It is now said to be safe keeping in a private residence. It was unveiled in 1995 and rededicated in 2012. The plaque pays tribute to soldiers who fought in both World Wars and makes reference to the street’s unofficial name – Patriot’s Avenue. It had been originally unveiled in a massive street party in 1995, featured on the pages of the Echo.
Trinity Methodist may also be the home of the Cyfartha St Mission plaque
Other Cardiff War Memorials:
A memorial in Section EJ of Cathays Cemetery is to the civilians who died in the 1941 air raids on Cardiff, many of whom are buried in unmarked graves close to this memorial.
Cardiff’s first permanent memorial to people from the city who died during World War One was unveiled at Hendre Park Lake in 2016 together with more than 1,000 trees creating a memorial wood.