Oddfellows War Memorial Plaque

This memorial plaque used to hang in the Oddfellows Lodge, Newport Road, Cardiff but is believed to have been destroyed.

Oddfellows Memorial Cardiff

List of names is available on the Imperial War Museum War Memorial website



Private, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment (Service Number: 3/8082)

Youth AldermanYouth Alderman was born in 1888 in Thruxton, Hampshire, one of twelve children born to Charles William Alderman, a road labourer, originally from Fyfield, Hampshire and Jane Alderman née Meaton, originally from Amport, Hampshire.  By 1911 a number of the Alderman children had moved to Cardiff and Youth was living with his elder brother William at 54 Aldsworth Road,  Canton and working as a sweeper for the Council.  His war records are badly damaged but it appears he enlisted in 1914 in Cardiff with the Somerset Light Infantry before transferring to the Dorsetshire Regiment and going to France in Apr 1915. We went missing, presumed killed in action, on 5 May 1915 on the Western Front in Belgium,  aged 27.  He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin gate) Memorial (panel 37) in Belgium. A plea for any information Youth Alderman appeared in the Western Mail in Jan 1916 and included his picture.  He was described as being gassed and missing  since 12 May 1915. The plea came from Miss Nina Dinham who lived at 5 Broadway, Roath.  There is also a Red Cross card from Nina Dinham requesting information on Youth.  He is remembered on the Cardiff Council employees memorial plaque at Cardiff City Hall.  He was also remembered on the Oddfellows War Memorial plaque in that used to be housed in Oddfellows Lodge, Newport Road. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.



Lance Corporal,  2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Albert Henry Allen was born in 1895 to Albert Allen, a stationary engine driver for Cardiff Corporation, originally from St Mellons, and Ann Maria Allen nee Bishop originally from Trowbridge, Wiltshire. He was one of ten children but his mother Ann died in 1904.   The Allen family lived at 11 Letty Street, Cathays.  Albert was employed as a carriage painter for Taff Vale Railway before he enlisted in the Army in Wrexham in 1912.  He was killed in action 30 October 1914 aged 19 on the Western Front in France.  He is buried at the Du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France. He is remembered on the memorial plaque at St Andrew’s and St. Teilo’s Church, Woodville Road, Cathays. He was also remembered on the Oddfellows Memorial Plaque. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Driver, 34 Army Brigade,  Royal Field Artillery (Service Number: 43162)

William Arthur George Arnold was born on 20th Oct 1895 in Splott, Cardiff in 1895 to George Arnold, a railway inspector originally from Magor, Monmouthshire and Alice Margaret Arnold nee Townsend, from Chepstow, Monmouthshire. William was baptised at St German’s church on 14th November 1895 when the family lived at 27 Prince Leopold Street. in 1901 the Arnold family were at 46 Swinton Street and in 1911 they were living in Newport and George is working as an apprentice house painter but by 1912 he has returned to Cardiff and working for Great Western Railways (GWR) as a van boy and later a parcel porter. He enlists in June 1915 and is a driver in the Royal Field Artillery. He is honourably discharged in Apr 1919 due to sickness and awarded the Silver War badge. He returns to working for GWR as a crossing keeper in Ely in Dec 1919 but is absent sick in Sep 1920 and dies on 20 Nov 1920. He was remembered on the Oddfellows war memorial plaque in Newport Road which is now believed to have been destroyed.


C E Andersen: Possibility this may have been Carl Erik Andersen, a merchant seaman (Commonwealth War Graves record).  Carl Andersen did appear in the Census Records a couple of times in Butetown, Cardiff of approximately the right age, not quite.