City URC Church war memorial plaques

The City United Reformed Church in Windsor Place, Cardiff, has a WWI and a WWII war memorial plaque on display.


Private, 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Service Number: 36642)

James Summons Ceshion was born in Cardiff in 1879 to John Ceshion, a general labourer, originally from Yorkshire and Isabella Ceshion née Phillips, originally from Scotland.  In 1881 the family were living in Bromfield Street, Grangetown.  James’s father died when he was just four. In 1891 the Ceshion family had moved to 19 Howard Street, Splott. By 1901 James, then aged 21, was working as a draper’s assistant in Portsmouth.  In 1911 James had returned to Cardiff, still working as a draper’s assistant, and living in the family home in Howard Street. He enlisted in Nov 1915 in Cardiff joining the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  He was posted to France in Mar 1916 and killed in action on the Western Front on 11 Jul 1916 aged 36. He has no known grave.  He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 4 A).  He is also remembered on the City United Reformed Church war memorial.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Private,  17th Wellington Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force  (Service Number: 10/252)

Western Mail 31 Aug 1915 - CopyMalcolm Fraser was born on 20 Oct 1886 in Cardiff to Malcolm Fraser, a foreman boilermaker, originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and Annie Fraser née Green, originally from Speyside, Scotland. In 1891 the Fraser family were living at 12 Woodville Road, Cathays before moving to Despenser Street, Riverside.  Malcolm attended Severn Road primary school and then Cardiff Higher Grade School at Howard Gardens.  After leaving school he was apprenticed as an engineer to Mount Stuart Dry Dock.  In 1910 he left for New Zealand and settled in Wellington.  He volunteered for the Imperial Service at the outbreak of war and joined the Wellington Infantry Battalion. He left for Egypt in Nov 1914 and proceeded to Gallipoli in Apr 1915.  He was killed in action in Gallipoli on 8 Aug 1915 aged 28.  He has no known grave but is remembered on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial in Turkey.  He is also remembered on the City United Reformed Church memorial. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.