Roath Virtual War Memorial: E


Master, S.S.Southborough, Merchant Navy

William Henry Eade was born in Arundel, Sussex in 1865 to John Eade, a whitesmith, originally from Aurndel and Mary Ellen Eade née Lettis originally from Madehurst, Sussex.  He joined the merchant navy and qualified as a Second Mate in 1885, age 20, and then as a First Mate in 1891, and finally as Master in 1898.  He married Alice Mary Ede in Portsea Island, Hampshire in 1892. They had one daughter together, Phyllis Mary Eade born 1894, Portsea Island.  In 1911 they were living in Southsea, Hampshire before moving to Cardiff probably because William was working for a Cardiff-based shipping company.  The Eade family lived at 1 Roath Court Road from 1915. Eade was Master of the SS Southborough, an armed merchant ship owned by Humphries Ltd. (Global Shipping Co) of Cardiff.  The ship was sunk on 16 July 1918 killing William Eade, aged 53, and twenty nine others.   The ship was on passage from La Goulette to the Teeside, England with a cargo of iron ore. She was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-110 at 1.43 p.m., 4-5 miles from Ravenscar, near Scarborough.  The vessel was hit on the starboard side of the forward bunker.  The Southborough was in convoy at the time and sank almost at once killing 30 of the crew.  The eight survivors were picked up by an escort vessel and landed at Middlesbrough.  William Eade commemorated at the Tower Hill Memorial, London. He was also remembered on the Roath Park Wesleyan Methodist church war memorial plaque.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

SS Southborough and W H Eade on Tower Hill Memorial


Private, C Company, 3rd Battalion. Welsh Regiment (Service Number 43706)

Christopher Skett Eastment was born in 1897 to Nathaniel Eastment, a Railway Ganger, originally from Hardington Mandeville, Somerset  and Annie Margaret Eastment nee Skett from Cardiff.  He was christened at St John’s Church in central Cardiff on 9 Apr.  The family at the time were living at 12 Mills Terrace.   The Eastment family later lived at 16 Ruby Street, Roath and Christopher was employed by the Co-operative Wholesale Society.  He enlisted in Apr 1916 in the Welsh Regiment and fought in Salonika. He was invalided home after 21 months service and died in the Military Hospital in Redcar, Yorkshire on 4 Oct 1918 aged 21 of double pneumonia. He is buried at Cathays Cemetery (grave B. 1735). His younger brother Albert fought in the Royal Fusiliers and was severely injured but survived the war. Christopher was remembered on a war memorial plaque that was at one time believed to been stored Highfields church but since lost. The plaque may well originally have come from Diamond Street Methodist church.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Christopher Skett Eastment pictures


Gunner, 47th Anti Aircraft Section, Royal Garrison Artillery (Service Number: 43798)

Alfred Edwards was born in 1884. We don’t know a lot his background. He was single and served as a Gunner in the 47th Anti Aircraft Section, Royal Garrison Artillery. His military record shows he lived at 8 School Street, Pontlottyn.  He enlisted on 30 Oct 1915 and served in the Balkans.  He contracted malaria which led to bronchitis. Alfred left the army on the grounds of ill health and was awarded a pension that commenced on 24 Jan 1919.  It appears he never recovered and he died on 18 Oct 1921 aged 36 at Clyne House Red Cross Hospital, 132 Newport Road, Cardiff of pneumonia and syncope.   His profession on his death certificate is stated as collier. (His death was certified by Dr J.J.E.Biggs, the Cardiff rugby player who went on to become Lord Mayor of Cardiff in 1922). Alfred Edwards is remembered on the Red Cross memorial tablet at St Edward church, Pen-y-lan, Cardiff.


Private, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards (Service Number: 3438)

John James Edwards headstone

John James Edwards was born in Adamsdown in 1889 to Evan Edwards, a copper smelter and Annie Louisa Edwards nee James, both originally from Cardiff. The Edwards family lived at 5 Moon Street (now demolished, where Adamsdown Primary School now stands).  He enlisted in Cardiff and served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards. He died on 14 Feb 1917 of pneumonia at in Caterham hospital, Surrey aged 27. His body was returned to Cardiff and he is buried in Cathays Cemetery (plot EF 9770) in the same plot as his parents.  He was remembered on a Roll of Honour, currently of unknown originCommonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Private, 2nd Garrison Battalion, Essex Regiment (Service Number 33203)

Joseph Edwards was born in Hereford on 28 Nov 1880 to Joseph Edwards, a chimney sweep, from St Austell, Cornwell and Elizabeth Edwards née Davies, from Hereford. By 1891 the Edwards family have moved to Cardiff and and Joseph attends St German’s school on Metal Street.  In 1901 are living at 32 Ordell Street, Splott with Joseph working as a dock labourer.  In 1903 he marries Bridget Aherne and they have five children together.  Joseph enlisted in the army and served in a number of regiments including the Welch Regiment and the Somerset Light Infantry and finally the Essex Regiment.  He survived most of the war but died of pleurisy in Mesopotamia on the day the war ended, 11th Nov 1918, aged 37. He is buried at the Basra War Cemetery and remembered on the memorial there, panel I.S.18.   He is also remembered on the Splott War Memorial outside St Saviour’s church. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment  (Service Number: 7743)

William Alfred Ellement was born on 14 Dec 1885 in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, to George Henry Ellement, a labourer originally from Mill End, Herts and Lucy Ellement nee Reed, originally from Chalfont St Giles, Bucks. After working on a farm when he was young he then became a prison warder. In the 1911 census he was working and living at Chelmsford Prison in Essex. In 1912 he marries Susan Alice Cornish in Kensington, London.  The following year they appear to have moved to Cardiff for there is a newspaper report from Aug 1913 describing how Warder Ellement discovers a suicide victim one morning at Cardiff Gaol. He joins the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment and becomes a Sergeant but is killed in action on 8 Jan 1915 aged 29 on the Western Front.  His body was not recovered and he is remembered on the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres (panel 31-33). He is remembered on the WWI memorial at St Edward’s the Confessor church, Pen-y-lan, Cardiff.  It is not currently known where he and his wife Susan lived in Cardiff.  In the 1939 register Susan A Ellement is living in Taffs Well. She died in 1955 aged 74. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Menin Gate Memorial 2

William Alfred Ellement remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres – not the variation in spelling of his surname.


Lance Corporal, 13th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number: 35337)

Clifford Morgan Evans was born in 1890 to William Morgan Evans, a builder, originally from Cardiff and Beatrice Blanche Evans née Davies, also originally from Cardiff. Clifford was the first of nine children born to William and Beatrice.  In 1891 the family were living Cadoxton, Barry but by 1901 they have moved to 53 Donald Street, Roath. In the 1911 census the Evans family were living at 49 Shirley Road, Roath Park and Clifford working as a builder’s clerk.  He served as a Lance Corporal with the 13th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. He was killed on 10 Jul 1916 aged 26 when his battalion were fighting in Mametz Wood.  His body was not recovered.  He is remembered on the Thepval Memorial in France (Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A). He was also remembered on the Mackintosh Institute roll of honour and the Plasnewydd Presbyterian Church war memorialCommonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Private, 2nd/15th Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles) (Service Number: 534492).

David Rundle Evans was born on 30 Jun 1898 in Cardiff to Arthur Evans, an assistant schoolmaster, originally from Lowestoft, Suffolk, and Jane Emma Evans nee Harris originally from Polruan, Cornwall.  The Evans family lived at 67 Arran Street (1901 & 1911) and then later at 73 Inverness Place.  David attended Albany Road school from 1905 having already attended the infants school there.   He served as a Private with the London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles). He died of wounds on 25 Aug 1918 in France aged 20.  He is buried at the Arneke British Cemetery (grave III. E. 20.) 50km southeast of Calais.  The inscription on his headstone reads ‘Death divides but memory clings’.  He was remembered on the Woodville Road Baptist church memorial plaque. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Civilian Casualty

Lena Evans Glyndwr Evans

Eleanor ‘Lena’ Evans, together with her son, were killed at 7 Cathays Terrace on 3rd March 1941 in a German bombing raid.  She was born Helena Keniry on 6 Aug 1900 to Patrick Keniry and Ellen ‘Nellie’ Keniry née McCarthy. Her brother John Keniry died on active service in WWI when HMS Monmouth was sunk.  She married Iorwerth Evans 1921 in Pontypridd. They had three children together, Ernest, Joyce and Glyndwr. Her husband Iorwerth died in 1935 in Pontypridd aged 33.  In 1939 she was living at 70 Wyverne Road, Cathays.  Eleanor and her son Glyndwr are killed in an air raid on 3rd March 1941 at 7 Cathays Terrace.  They are buried in Cathays Cemetery, Plot R4366.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Guardsman, 3rd Battalion, Welsh Guards (Service Number: 2737954)

Frederick Trevor Evans was born on 18 Feb 1922 in Cardiff to Richard Frederick Evans, a bus driver,  and Annie Elizabeth Evans née Kinson, both from Cardiff.  In 1939 Frederick was a labourer at a munitions works and living at 66 Flora Street with his parents. In 1943 he married Agenes Wickham McCue in Cardiff.  He joined the Welsh Guards but was killed in Italy on 19 Feb 1944 aged 22.  He was one of six Welsh Guardsmen to lose their lives that day in the second battle of Monte Cassino south of Rome.  He is remembered on the Cassino Memorial (panel 4).  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Civilian Casualty

Lena Evans Glyndwr Evans

Gyyndwr Evans was born in Pontypridd in 1934 to Iorwerth Evans and Eleanor ‘Lena’ Evans née Keniry. His father died when he was only one year old.  Glyndwr attended St Monica’s School, Cathays.  He was killed along with his mother Lena (Eleanor), when the house they were in 7, Cathays Terrace, was hit by a bomb on 3rd March 1941.  He and his mother are buried in Cathays Cemetery, Plot R4366. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Private, Infantry in Welsh Regiment

John Francis Evans was born on 20th Aug 1818 to John Evans, a general labourer at the steel works and Mary Evans née Kirby. They lived at 20 Aberystwyth Street, Splott.  According to the 1939 Register, John Francis Evans, like his father, worked as a labourer in the steel works. He died on 27th May 1941 and is remembered on the Athens Memorial.   Commonwealth War Graves


Captain, 19th Battalion, attached to 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

John Trevor Stuart Evans (known as Trevor) was born on 8 Jun 1891 in Cardiff to John Evans, an agent for Great Western Railways, originally from Aberdare, and Sarah Jane Evans née Davies, originally from Newport, Pembrokeshire. In 1901 the Evans family lived at 63 Plasburton Avenue, Riverside.  Later that year he started attending Marlbourough Road school where the family address was given as 24 Edwards Terrace in the city centre.  In 1904 he moved on to Howard Gardens school with the family address then 51 Dispenser Street.  He left school in 1906 and started working for Great Western Railways. He served with the 19th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was promoted to temporary Second Lieutenant in Jul 1915 and was later promoted to Captain.  He died on 7 May 1918 aged 26 on the Western Front near the present France/Belgium border.  He was originally buried at the Albert German Cemetery but is now buried at Serre Road Cemetery No1.  The address on his probate was 24 Plasburton Gardens. He is remembered on the Bethany Baptist church memorial plaque.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Captain J T S Evans, picture and headstone


Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment  (Service Number 5933)

Ernest Charles Eyre - Copy

Ernest Charles Eyre was born on 5 Oct 1882 in Cardiff to George Eyre, an engineer, originally from London and Louisa Eyre nee Murphy originally from Topsham, Devon.  Ernest lived in Zinc Street when he is young and  attends Metal Street Board School.  In 1897-9 he is worked for Great Western Railways in the Goods Station as a porter/labeller.  He married Helen Maria Pearson in Devonport in 1902 when his profession is quoted as being Corporal in the Welsh Regiment and living at Raglan Barracks. He served in the army for 17 years including in South Africa.  Ernest and Louisa had two daughters, Maria and Florence and they lived at 77 Richard’s Terrace, Roath.  He was killed in action at Ypres on 13 Nov 1914 in Belgium aged 35.  He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 37).  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.