IVOR LLEWELLYN DADDS
Second Lieutenant, Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers
Ivor Llewellyn Dadds was born on 19 Feb 1887 in Cardiff to Samuel Llewellyn Dadds, a solicitor’s clerk and estate agent originally from Merthyr Tydfil and Elizabeth Dadds nee Davies originally from Canton, Cardiff. In 1891 the Dadds family were living at Oxford House, near Ely Rise, Canton. Ivor attended Radnor Road school before going onto Howard Gardens school in 1900. After leaving school in 1903he went on to become an engineer. In 1901 the Dadds family had moved to 304 Cowbridge Road and a few years later to Barry where Ivor trained as a marine and civil engineer. Ivor does not appear in the 1911 census, maybe away working somewhere. In 1915 he is aboard the steamship Frisia on route to Brazil recording his profession as engineer. He returns home and enlists with the Royal Engineers, Inland Water Transport division. The Dadds family were at this time living at 37 Park Place, Cardiff. He was made a temporary 2nd Lieut in Dec 1916. He served in Mesopotamia and died on 17 Jul 1917 aged 30. The newspaper reports that he died of heat exhaustion. He is buried at Basra War Cemetery (grave IV. D. 6.) in modern-day Iraq. He was remembered on a couple of war memorials in Cardiff; the Howardian War Memorial and a church memorial plaque currently of unknown origin but believed to be the Adamsdown/Splott area. Similarly his name appears on a Roll of Honour of unknown origin. Why his name appears on the church plaque is a bit of a mystery given he didn’t appear to live in the area. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
EDITH MAUD DAVEY
Edith Maud Davey was born Edith Maud Lewis on 25 Mar 1894 to William John Lewis, a railway labourer and Ada Elizabeth Lewis née 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.
WILLIAM CHARLES DAVEY
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 née 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.
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 née 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.
Captain, 10th Battalion, Welsh Regiment
Daniel Davies was born in 1885 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire to Herbert Davies, a commercial traveller, originally from Talley, Carmarthenshire and Mary Davies née 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.
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.
IVOR WILLIAM DAVIES
2nd Steward, S.S.Mattawa
Ivor William Davies, born 14 Jan 1894 in Cardiff, to John Daniel Davies, a print compositor, originally from Cardiff and Mary Davies nee Jones originally from Newport. He attended Albany Road primary school. In 1911 the Davies family were living at 30 Glenroy Street and Ivor was working as a clerk in a bonded store. Ivor William Davies died in the Colonial Hospital, Gibraltar, on 14 Mar 1919 aged 28. He died of Bright’s disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases that would be described in modern medicine as acute or chronic nephritis. He had been serving as 2nd Steward aboard the S.S.Mattawa, a Liverpool based cargo ship that was lost in WWII after being hit by a torpedo. He is remembered on the Woodville Road Baptist church war memorial plaque where his parents had been members for the previous twenty years. He does not appear to have a Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
JOHN LLEWELLYN DAVIES
Major, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment
John ‘Jack’ Llewellyn Davies was born in St Ishmael, near Ferryside, Carmarthenshire on 10 Sep 1879 to David Jones Davies, a schoolmaster, originally from Llanarth, Cardiganshire and Catherine Davies nee Davies originally from St Ishmael. John was bought up in Neath where his father taught at Alderman Davies School and John also attended. After leaving school he went on to study chemistry at Aberystwyth University and then Emmanuel College, Cambridge. On leaving Cambridge, John went as lecturer to Carmarthen Training College (Trinity College) for a short period, and subsequently became science master at the Perse School, Cambridge. As well as having a passion for science, John Llewelyn Davies was dedicated to the military. Whilst teaching in Cambridge he spent seven years as a Lieutenant in the Officers Training Corps. When the war broke out he gave up his post at Perse School and joined the 11th Essex Regiment as Captain of A Company. In April 1915 he was promoted to the rank of Major. In May he was appointed as Headmaster of Cardiff High School. It was agreed that he would take up his post when the war was over. On 17th August 1915 he was married to Isabel Christina Jessie Fraser B.A. in Wrexham. Christina, a teacher, worked at the Training College in Bingley, Yorkshire. On 30 August 1915, just thirteen days after he was married, John Llewelyn Davies and his battalion landed at Boulogne, and proceeded to positions at Loos. On 25th September 1915, Major John Llewellyn Davies was wounded on the first day of the battle of Loos in France, one of the bloodiest battles of WWI where 60,000 British soldiers perished. It appears he may well have been taken a prisoner of war as he died in hospital in Wessel, Germany at a later date although his date of death is officially given as 25 Sep 1915. He was aged 36. One of his fellow officers wrote “He was very much a fine soldier and all had such implicit confidence in him. He was so capable and absolutely to be relied upon. The regiment feels very much his loss for he was one of the ablest officers”. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the Missing, Dud Corner, France. He is also commemorated on war memorials in Aberystwyth University; Emmanuel College Cambridge; Perse School Cambridge; and the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London as well as the Cardiff High School war memorial. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record. More information on John Llewellyn Davies is contained in our blog ‘The Cardiff Headmaster who never was’.
JOSHUA SIMEON DAVIES
Steward, Mercantile Marine, S.S. “T. R. Thompson”
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.
THOMAS JOHN CANTON DAVIES
Private/Aircraftman, Royal Air Force (Service Number: 234661)
Thomas John Canton Davies was born on 21 Mar 1899 in Ystradyfodwg, Rhondda Valley, the only child of William Davies, a coal miner originally from Roch, Pembrokeshire and Eleanor Davies nee Canton originally from Llan Mill, Pembrokeshire. In 1911 the Davies family were living at 112 William Street ,Ystrad. When he enlisted in the Royal Navy Air Service on 1 Aug 1917 he gave his occupation as a school teacher. His records appear to show he was based with Squadron A at Dunkirk. He transferred to the RAF on 1 Apr 1918. He was medically discharged on 13 Feb 1919 with his disability quoted as nephritis (kidney disease). He died on 21 Oct 1921 at Clyne House Red Cross Hospital, 132 Newport Road, Cardiff aged 22 with the cause of death on his death certificate stated as chronic nephritis (3 years). His mother Eleanor was present at his death. He is buried at Trealaw Cemetery. He is remembered on the Red Cross Memorial at St Edward church, Pen-y-lan, Cardiff.
ELSIE MABEL DENMAN (SISTER TERESA)
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.
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.
Master, SS Stanbrook, Merchant Navy
Archibald Dickson was born in Cardiff on 22 Jan 1892 to Robert Dickson, a stone mason, originally from Beer, Devon and Thirza Dickson née Hodges originally from Weston-super-Mare. He grew up in the Canton area. In 1907, at the age of 15, he joined the Merchant Navy and gained his First Mate certificate in 1913, aged 21. He served as a temporary Lieutenant in the Navy in WWI before being discharged in 1919. In 1925 we pick him up sailing to New York on board the Majestic. His profession at the time was Ship’s Officer and his address given as 9 Princes Street, Cardiff. He married Rebecca Phillips and they had three children together, one of whom sadly died in infancy. Archibald and Rebecca Dickson and his children lived at 77 Pen-y-Wain Road, Roath Park. During the Spanish Civil War he was Captain of the SS Stanbrook when in March 1939 he rescued 2600 refugees trapped in Alicante and took them to Oran, Algeria. Details of that rescue are detailed in our blog: Archibald Dickson – An Unsung Roath Hero. He was tragically killed later that year on 18 Nov 1939, aged 47, when the SS.Stanbrook was torpedoed in the North Sea on route from Antwerp to Newcastle. Archibald Dickson and 19 crew members were lost He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial for Merchant Seamen in London. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
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.
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.
THEODORE GOTTLOB DREHER
Private, Labour Corps (Service number 128855)
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.
Private, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers (Service Number 10869)
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.