CHRISTOPHER SKETT EASTMENT
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.
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.
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.
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.
JOHN FRANCIS EVANS
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
ERNEST CHARLES EYRE
Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number 5933)
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.