Roath Virtual War Memorial: D

EDITH MAUD DAVEY

Civilian Casualty

Edith Maud Davey was born Edith Maud Lewis on 25 Mar 1894 to William John Lewis, a railway labourer and Ada Elizabeth Lewis nee Hawkins, both originally from Cardiff.  The Hawkins family lived at 26 Comet Street in 1911 and Edith worked as a restaurant waitress. She married William Charles Davey, (see below) in Roath parish church (St Margaret’s) Cardiff on 25 Sep 1915. At the time of her marriage she was living at 5 Spring Gardens Terrace.  They had one son, Trevor William Charles Davey born in 1921. She was killed on 18 May 1943 aged 43 when a German bomb fell killing her at 8 Pen-y-lan Road. Her husband died of his wounds from the raid the following day. She is buried at in an unmarked grave at Cathays Cemetery (plot EI 4).  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

penylan road bomb damage

WILLIAM CHARLES DAVEY

Civilian Casualty

William Charles Davey on 19 Nov 1893 at 59 Albert St, Canton, Cardiff to Charles Davey, a labourer, originally from Stoke Abbot, Dorset and Elizabeth Davey nee Salter, originally from Wiveliscombe, Somerset. He was christened on Dec 13 in Canton. In the 1911 census, William is living at home with his parents in Harpur Street, central Cardiff and working as a hairdresser.  He married Edith Maude Lewis (see above) in Roath parish church (St Margaret’s) Cardiff on 25 Sep 1915. At the time he married he was a soldier but we know no details of his military career.  They had one son, Trevor William Charles Davey born in 1921. In 1939 the family are living at 8 Penylan Road and William working as a hairdresser in the shop below.  He was killed on 19 May 1943, aged 49, after a German bomb fell on their house at 8 Pen-y-lan Road killing his wife Edith. He died of his wounds from the raid the following day at the infirmary. They are buried at in an unmarked grave  at Cathays Cemetery (plot EI 4).  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

ARTHUR DAVIES

Private,7th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number 1408)

Arthur Davies was born on 26 Sep 1895 in Cardiff to Philip Henry Davies, a clerk originally from Maesycwmmer, Monmouthshire, and Charlotte Sophia Davies nee Elias, originally from Abercarn, Monmouthshire. In 1901 the Davies family lived in Diana Street.  Arthur attended Albany Road school and in 1905 represents the school at the city school sports day.  In 1907 he goes on to attend Howard Gardens secondary school.  His father died in Jun 1910 leaving Arthur, the oldest of four children who leaves school in Jan 1911 and works as an office boy at Bute Dry Dock. By 1914 the family had moved to 33 Roath Court Road. He enlisted in the 7th Cyclists Battalion Welsh Regiment. It is unclear what service he saw as his records have not survived. He died at home on 13 May 1915 of sarcoma (cancer) of the face. He is buried in a family grave at Cathays Cemetery (plot B 663). He is remembered on the Howardian war memorial plaque now housed at Howardian Primary school. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Arthur Davies grave at Cathays Cemetery

DAN DAVIES

Captain, 10th Battalion, Welsh Regiment

Captain Dan Davies

Daniel Davies was born in 1885 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire to Herbert Davies, a commercial traveller, originally from Talley, Carmarthenshire and Mary Davies nee Jones also from Talley.  At the age of 15 he was already working as a print compositor. In 1897 he married Ellen Ann David in Llanelly.    In 1901 we find Dan living with his elder brother William Davies in St John’s Crescent, Canton.  Dan Davies worked as a linotype operator at the Western Mail.  His bother William Davies was editor of the Western Mail and was later Knighted.  In 1911 Dan and Ellen were living at 169 Inverness Place, Roath.  They had nine children together, four of whom died in infancy.  He enlisted with the Kings Royal Rifles at the outbreak of WWI but soon transferred to the Welsh Regiment where he was a machine gun officer.  He had been in the territorial’s and was renowned for his excellent shot.  At Mametz Wood half his men fell.  He had good fortune for a time with one day a bullet grazing his hand and another day a bullet taking the skin off his nose.  He was invalided home at one stage but later returned to the front.  He died on 10 Sep 1917 aged 42 at the 131 Field Ambulance station in Belgium from wounds received in action.  He is buried at the Bard Cottage Cemetery in Belgium (grave IV.H.1). The Western Mail published his last letter home, written two days before he died and describes capturing two German soldiers and having his Cook, who spoke German, question them.  His obituary said he would be much missed in Welsh football circles. His son Horace Dudley Davies served in the Welsh Guards in WWI. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

DAVID DAVIES

Private, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards (Service Number 2955)

David Davies was born in 1898 in Cardiff to Joshua Davies, a ship’s carpenter, from Cardiff and Louisa Davies nee Gould originally from Chilcompton, Somerset.  The Davies family lived at 4 Wimborne Street, East Moors.  Before the war David was an employee of the Gloucester Wagon Works Company  and was goalkeeper for the Moorland Road Boy’s Football team. David Davies was a Private in the 1st battalion Welsh Guards.  He died of wounds received in action on 28 Mar 1918 aged 20 and within 24 hours of his brother Joshua who was in the merchant navy. Their mother learnt about the tragic loss of her two sons on the same day.  He is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in the village of Souchez, France (grave  VIII. Q. 13.). He is remembered on the Splott War Memorial at St Saviour’s church.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

David Davies picture, medal and headstone

Pic of headstone: kindly provided by Steve John, coordinator of West Wales War Memorial Project https://www.wwwmp.co.uk/

JOSHUA SIMEON DAVIES

Steward,  Mercantile Marine,  S.S. “T. R. Thompson”

Joshua Davies

Joshua Simeon Davies was born on 31 Aug 1888 in Cardiff to Joshua Davies, a ship’s carpenter, from Cardiff and Louisa Davies nee Gould originally from Chilcompton, Somerset.  He was baptised at St German’s church in Adamsdown on 2 Oct 1890 and at one time attended  Grangetown Elementary and Junior School.  He married Elizabeth Ann Bryant in 1906 in Cardiff.  They had three children together; Alice (b.1906), Joshua (b.1908) and Beatrice (b.1910) and lived in Barry.  In WWI he served as a steward on board the S.S. ‘T.R. Thompson’.  He drowned on 29 Mar 1918 aged 31 when the T.R.Thompson was torpedoed off the coast of Sussex by U-Boat 57.  The SS T.R.Thompson was on voyage from Benisaf, Algeria to Middlesbrough with 5600 tons of iron ore.  It was sunk seven miles south of Newhaven with the loss of 33 lives.  Three people survived.  His brother David died the previous day whilst serving on the Western Front.  Their mother received the news that her two sons had died on the same day.  Joshua is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial for merchant seamen and Barry Merchant Navy Memorial created in 1996.  Commonwealth War Graves Memorial record.

ELSIE MABEL DENMAN (SISTER TERESA)

Civilian Casualty

Edith Mabel Denman was born on 17 Jan 1910 in Copthorne, Surrey to James Denman, a forester, originally from Worth, Sussex and Keturah Elsie Denman née Barnett, originally from Alford, Surry.  She joined the Society of St Margaret’s, an Anglican order of nuns centred in East Grinstead near where she grew up and adopted the name Sister Teresa.  The Cardiff base for the nuns was originally  St Teilo’s Priory near St Margaret’s church but they moved out of there in 1934.  In 1939 Edith Denman is living with four other nuns at 56 Ruby Street. She lost her life on 3 Mar 1941 when a bomb fell on St German’s Church hall adjacent to the church, killing her, aged 31, and Ivy Sulley, aged 19.  One recollection says they were sheltering in a Morrison shelter under the stage in the hall.  Two other girls were rescued alive from the debris.  Sister Teresa is buried at Cathays Cemetery, (plot EK687).  She is remembered on the war memorial plaque in St German’s church. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Sister Teresa, Elsie Mabel Denman headstone and St German's Hall

HERBERT EDWARD DICKS

2nd Steward, Merchant Navy on S.S. “Bayreaulx”

Herbert Edward Dicks was born in 1900 probably in 77 Alfred Street, Roath as that is where the family lived in 1901.  His parents were Isaac John Dicks, a detective police sergeant, and Martha Jane Dicks née Young.  Herbert Dicks joined the merchant navy and was 2nd steward aboard the S.S. Bayreaulx, which was a steam ship of 3009 tons operated by the Bay Steam Ship Company of Cardiff. He died, presumed drowned, on 20th October 1916 off the south coast of Ireland.  The S.S. Bayreaulx  had been travelling from Cardiff to Montreal carrying ballast, when she was intercepted and torpedoed by U63 under the command of Captain Otto Schulze. All 23 crew members were lost. He his remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial in London for Merchant Seamen.  He was also remembered on the Mackintosh Institute roll of honour, now lost. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record states his family address at the time as being 13, Diana Street, Roath.

HENRY GEORGE CHRISTOPHER DIMERY

Private, 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment (Service Number: 51537)

Henry ‘Harry’ George Christopher Dimery was born at 134 Cairn St, Cathays in 1897 to Henry George Christopher Dimery, a wood machinist in a joinery works, originally from Cardiff and Mary Sarah Dimery nee Thomas originally from Newport. In 1901 the Dimery family were living at 71 Coburn Street and in 1911 they had moved to 25 Harriet Street, Cathays and later 46 Dogfield Street. On leaving school Harry worked as a reader at the Western Mail.  Harry served with the 21st battalion, Manchester Regiment. The picture of Harry shows him wearing a Liverpool Regiment cap badge so maybe he served with them previously. In October 1917 Harry’s regiment was embroiled in bitter fighting at the battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, during which on the 4 Oct the battalion was involved in an operation to retake Polygone wood. The British army took nearly five thousand casualties that day and the 21 Manchester suffered 34 mortally wounded He was killed in action by a sniper on 4 Oct 1917 aged 21.  Harry has no known resting place and is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. He is also remembered on the war memorial plaque at St Andrew’s and St Teilo’s church  and on the Western Mail Ltd Roll of Honour.  His family assembled and framed his medals as a tribute to their son.  The framed collection is now on display that the Manchester Regiment museum in Ashton-under-Lyme, kindly donated by Ian Howell.    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Henry George Christopher Dimery portait and medals

VICTOR LEWIS DIMERY

Private, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards (Service Number: 3489)

Victor Lewis (Louis) Dimery was born on 14 Feb 1881 in Cardiff to Henry George Christopher Dimery, a timber foreman originally from Berkeley, Gloucestershire,  and Jane Elizabeth Dimery nee Partridge, originally from Stroud, Gloucestershire. The Dimery family lived at 84 Clifton Street in 1881 (probably where Victor was born) and at 51 Cecil Street in 1891 and 28 Longcross Street in 1901. Victor attended Stacey Road school and later Cardiff Technical School.   In 1901 Victor was working as a spirit merchant clerk and in 1911 as a traveller for Hancock’s Brewery.  He married Lily Constance Hopton in her home town of Newport in 1906.  They went on to have two children, Doris Alice Jane Dimery (b.1908) and Lionel Hopton Dimery (b. 1914). In 1911 they lived 84 Mackintosh Place and later move to 5 Inglefield Avenue, Heath. Victor joined the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards but lost his life as a result of a gas attack.  He died in a military hospital in France on 16 Apr 1918 aged 37. He is buried at the Etaples Military cemetery (grave XXIX. E. 5). Victor is remembered on the William Hancock memorial plaque (whereabouts unknown).  His nephew Henry also fell in WWI.   Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

V L Dimery on William Hancock war memorial plaque

V L Dimery on William Hancock war memorial plaque

THEODORE GOTTLOB DREHER

Private, Labour Corps (Service number 128855)

Theodore Dreher picture

Theodore Gottlob Dreher was born on 2 Sep 1891 in Portishead, Somerset to Johann Gottlob Dreher, a watchmaker and jeweller and Maria Karoline Christiane Dreher nee Widmann, both originally from the Wurttemberg region of Germany.  Johann and Maria emigrated to Britain soon after they were married in 1876 and their nine children were all born in the Bristol area, Theodore being the second youngest. His mother sadly died in 1895 when he was just four.   Johann moved the family to Barry where he opened a jewellery business.  Theodore won a scholarship to Barry County School in 1903.  After leaving school he trained as a journalist at the Barry Dock News before joining the Western Mail in Cardiff. His father moved back to Portishead in 1910 but Theodore stayed in Cardiff. In 1911 he is a boarder in Gladstone Road, Barry. In the Western Mail he worked as a junior sub-editor and later as the Merthyr and Rhymney representative.   He joined the army in the Army Service Corps in 1916 when he was living in Cathays.  He also served with the Labour Corps.   His health gave way early on and gradually grew worse but he wasn’t discharged until May 1919.  He died in 18 May 1921 aged 29. He moved back to Portishead before he passed away from a ‘long and painful illness’.  A report of his funeral in the paper stated it was attended by his fiancée Miss Doris Ayliffe from Cardiff. This is probably Eveline Doris Ayliffe, Sub Post-Office assistant, who lived at 74 Lisvane Street, Cathays and quite possibly where Theodore was living when he enlisted. He is buried in Portishead.  He is remembered on the Western Mail Roll of Honour.

THOMAS DUNN

Private, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers (Service Number 10869)

Thomas Dunn

Thomas Dunn was born in Roath, Cardiff to Thomas Dunn, a dock labourer from Cardiff and Ellen Dunn née Crimmins, also from Cardiff.  Before the war he worked as a mason’s labourer.  He was killed in action in Vendresse, France on 26 Sep 1914.  He is remembered on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.  His picture appears in the South Wales Daily News on 26 Oct 1914 captioned Cardiff Drummer Killed.  His father is stated as being T Dunn, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, whose home is at 33 Byron Street, Roath. It has not been possible to ascertain when Thomas Dunn was born.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

HARRY FRANK DYER

 Second Lieutenant 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), 147th Brigade, 49th (West Riding) Division.

Harry Frank Dyer was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire in 1886. He became assistant master at Cardiff High School till 1914 and lived at 83 Claude Road.  He is remembered on the Cardiff High School Memorial plaque.  Had moved away from Cardiff by the time WWI commenced and was at Giggleswick School, Yorks.  He died 28th August 1917 aged 31 in northern France. A much more detailed biography of Harry Dyer, written by Gwyn Prescott, is given on the Cardiff High School war memorial page.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.