Roath Virtual War Memorial: P


Private, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)  (Service Number S/9446, 442019)

Alexander Thomas Paterson was born on 12 Aug 1893 in Cardiff to Thomas Paterson, a tailor, originally from Glasgow and Selina Paterson nee Peters originally from Pembrokeshire.  He attended Adamsdown and later Crwys Road school.  He also attended Tredegaville Baptist church.  In 1901 the Paterson family lived at 13 St Peter Street and in 1904 they had moved to Crwys Road.  His father died in 1906 aged 54.  In 1911 the Paterson family had moved again to 69 Shakespeare Street, Roath and Alex was working as a general assistant at a wall paper merchant.  By 1913 he was a fitters mate and a member of the National Union of Railwaymen.   When he enlisted in Perth in June 1915 in the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) he gave his profession as a brakesman.  He was posted to the Western Front and shot and wounded in the right shoulder in Feb 1916 at the Battle of Loos.  On recovering he was transferred to the Labour Corps in Nov 1917. By June 1, 1918 Alexander and  the Labour Corps were serving at the line of the Hohenzoller Sector when Etaples Military Hospital, 15 miles south of Boulogne was bombed by the German forces.  Alex died aged 24 as a result of being wounded in the bombing. He is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery (grave LXVII. E. 18). He is remembered on the war memorial plaque at Tredegaville Baptist Church and the Cardiff Railway employees Roll of Honour at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.  Commonwealth War Grave Commission record.

A T Patterson medals and headstone




Rifleman, 1st/5th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment (Service Number 34067)

John Stuart Phelps was born  on 18 Jun 1887 in Roch, Pembrokeshire to Moses Phelps, a coalminer, originally from Freystrop, Pembs and Frances Phelps nee Childs, a dressmaker, originally from Nolton, Pembs.  He started attending school in Nolton in Apr 1893.  By 1911, then aged 22, he had moved to Cardiff and was working as a draper’s salesman for the department store James Howell’s in St Mary’s Street and living on the premises along with many other people in the drapery trade.  In 1915 he had moved to 5 Piercefield Place, Roath, still working as a draper’s assistant and attended Star Street church where he was a faithful member of the choir. He enlisted in Cardiff in December 1915 into the 7th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, a Territorial Cyclist Battalion. On 26 July 1916 he landed in France, and was posted to the 1/5th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment.  He probably fought in a number of battles at the Somme including the battles of Guillemont, Ginchy and Morval. The division moved to the Ypres salient in October 1916. Stuart was killed in action here on 18 November 1916 aged 29.  He has no known grave but is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial in Belgium and also the Roch War memorial  in Pembrokeshire.  He was also remembered on an individual plaque that was in Star Street church, Cardiff and now believed to be at Parkminster URC church.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Stuart Phelps - Howell's and memorial

James Howell’s in 1911 (Pic: House of Fraiser archives), Stuart Phelps memorial plaque at Parkminster URC church.



Private, 11th Battalion, Welsh Regiment.

Gwynne Griffiths Prosser was born to John Prosser, a docks labourer, and Hannah Prosser née Angove.  In 1911 the family were living at 127 Donald Street and Gwynne working as a butcher’s assistant. He married Marie E Chester-Woods in Hastings in 1915.  He joined the 11th Battalion Welsh Regiment and died on 19th January 1916  in Salonika aged 25. He is buried at Lambert Road cemetery just outside Thessaloniki city in Greece.  He is remembered on the Albany Road Baptist Church war memorial plaque.   Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.



Corporal, 11th Battalion, Welsh Regiment.

Lewis Prosser, (brother of Gwynne above) was born to John Prosser, a docks labourer, and Hannah Prosser née Angove.  In 1911 Lewis was a grocer’s assistant. He married Mary Marie Booy from Cardiff in 1915 and they had a son Edward Lewis Colston Prosser. Like his brother he also joined the 11th Battalion Welsh Regiment but died of his wounds on 20 Nov 1916 aged 22 in Salonika, Greece.  He is buried at Karasouli Military Cemetery in Greece.  He is remembered on the Albany Road Baptist Church war memorial plaqueCommonwealth War Graves Commission record.