VINCENT CLARKE LASHFORD
Second Lieutenant, 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Service Number 152618)
Vincent Clarke Lashford was born on 9th Dec 1893 in Cardiff. He was one of thirteen children born to Edgar George Frederick James Lashford, a commercial traveller selling fruit and potatoes, originally from Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, and Alice Mary Lashford née Parker originally from Reading. The family lived at 122 Richmond Road in 1911 and Vincent worked as a clerk. In May 1912 he emigrates to Canada leaving Bristol and arriving at Montreal. He enlists in the Canadian Officers Training Corps based at the University of Toronto in 1917 and transferred to the Flying Corps at Fort Worth, Texas, later the same year. He arrived in England at Easter 1918 but is killed in an accident on 30 May 1918, aged 24, on his last training flight prior to going to France. He was flying an R.E.8, a two-seat biplane out of Cramlington, which dived into the ground in Newcastle. He is buried at Cathays Cemetery (section D, grave 1053). He is remembered on a plaque in St Peters Catholic church in Roath, Cardiff and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
REGINALD WOLSTAN LEWIS
Private, 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (Service Number 45072)
Reginald Wolstan Lewis was born in the summer of 1900 in Cardiff to Frederick William Lewis, originally from Newport and an accountant in a coal exporting and ship broking company, and Elizabeth Anne Lewis nee Morgan, originally from Cwmbran. The family lived in some of the grand streets of the time, Stacey Road (1901), Connaught Road (1911) and at 49 Richmond Road (1918). He enlisted in Farnborough joining the Royal Flying Corps at 16 and became A.M.I. (Wireless) (service no.67748); subsequently joined 1st Reserve Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) C Company in Nov 1917 and then the later the 8th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 24 Aug 1918 aged 18 on the western front in the Somme region of France and is buried at Bapaume Post Military Cemetery. He is also remembered in St Peter’s church, Cardiff with a plaque below the XI Station of the Cross. His parents also donated a Processional Cross to the church in 1922 in memory of their son. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.