Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel War Memorial

The war memorial stood outside Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.  When the chapel was bombed in WWII the memorial survived and can be seen in pictures of the bomb-damaged chapel.

Roath Road Wesleyan church and war memorial

The war memorial can be seen in front of the church in this fascinating photograph.

Unveiling of the Roath Road Wesleyan War Memorial

The unveiling of Roath Road war memorial in October 1920

 

Roath Road Wesleyan War Memorial

The name of W H Seager, son of the Cardiff shipowner of the same name, can just about be made out half way down the list of names on the right .

Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist bomb damage

Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist bomb damage

The church was badly damaged during an air raid on March 3rd 1941. It was demolished in 1955.  Roath Road was renamed Newport Road in the early 1880s but the church kept its original name.

Roath Road Wesleayan Methodist damaged with scafolding

The bomb damaged church with scaffolding erected. Evidently it was decided not to repair the church subsequently and demolish the remains. But what happened to the war memorial?

In a recollection shared on social media, Tony McCarthy recalls being involved when the war memorial was dismantled around about 1955, put on a porters trolley “borrowed” from the Infirmary, towed by pick-up van to the church on the corner of Piercefield Place and re-erected in it’s forecourt.  But then what happened to it?

 

Unveiling of the Roath Road War Memorial Cardiff Times Oct 20th1920

Report of the unveiling of the memorial – Cardiff Times – Oct 20th 1920

Willie Seager's name just visible on Roath Road memorial

The name of W M Seager just about visible