To the Glory of God
and In Proud and Loving memory of the following men
from this Parish who gave their lives for their country
in the Great War 1914 – 1919
GEORGE WILLIAM ALLEN
Private, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number 13970)
George William Allen was born in 1896 to George Allen, a blacksmith, originally from Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and Emily Allen nee Wood, from Cardiff. The Allen family lived at 64 Coburn Street, Cathays. Before enlisting George was employed in the building trade. He enlisted in Cardiff in September 1914. He was killed in action by shellfire on 8th October 1916, aged 20, on the Western Front. He is buried at the Hebuterne Military Cemetery, France (gave IV. Q. 7.) He is remembered on the St.Teilo’s Church memorial, Cathays. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
ALBERT HENRY ALLEN
Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Albert Henry Allen was born in 1895 to Albert Allen, a stationary engine driver for Cardiff Corporation, originally from St Mellons, and Ann Maria Allen née Bishop originally from Trowbridge, Wiltshire. He was one of ten children but his mother Ann died in 1904. The Allen family lived at 11 Letty Street, Cathays. Albert was employed as a carriage painter for Taff Vale Railway before he enlisted in the Army in Wrexham in 1912. He was killed in action 30 October 1914 aged 19 on the Western Front in France. He is buried at the Du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France. He is remembered on the memorial plaque at St Andrew’s and St. Teilo’s Church, Woodville Road, Cathays. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
HUGH TAYLOR ALLEN
Corporal, 1st battalion, East Surrey Regiment (Service Number 36576)
Hugh Taylor Allen was born on 23rd Sep 1896 in Basford, Nottinghamshire to Thomas Holtom Allen, a clerk, originally from Stratford on Avon, and Robina Allen née Munro originally from Scotland. The Allen family appears to have moved regularly given that Hugh’s siblings were born in various places in England, though in the 1901 and 1911 census the family are settled in Cardiff. In 1911 the family are living in 119 Tewkesbury Street, Cathays and Hugh attends Howard Gardens Secondary School. When Hugh Allen signs up for the East Surrey Regiment and states his profession as a Pupil Teacher and living at 22 Salisbury Road, Cathays. He dies on 21st May 1918 but has no known grave and is remembered on panel 6 of the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium. He is also remembered on the Howard Gardens Memorial now in Howardian Primary School. He is also remembered on the St Teilo’s Church war memorial, Cathays and Cardiff Corporation war memorial. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
THOMAS JOHN EDMUND ANSTEY
Corporal, City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders), (Service Number 1613)
Thomas ‘Tom’ John Edmund Anstey was born in Cardiff on 27th Aug 1884 to Thomas Henry Anstey, a railway clerk, originally from Llangattock, and Eliza Hannah Anstey née Morse originally from Cheltenham. His mother dies in 1888 when he is only four and Tom goes to live with his grandmother in Henllys, Monmouthshire. He attended primary school at Hafodyrynys School, Monmouthshire and then returned to Cardiff to attend Cardiff Higher Grade School (Howard Gardens). By 1901 he had moved to live with his aunt in Wandsworth London. He worked as a clerk at the Finsbury Circus Branch of the Capital and Counties Bank. He joined the City of London Yeomanry in October 1909 and is promoted to Corporal in 1914. When war breaks out he volunteers for foreign service and went to Egypt with his regiment in April 1915 and from there to Suvla Bay, Gallipoli in August. He is killed in action on 6 Oct 1915 aged 31. That night he was covering a party of Royal Engineers who were erecting a barbed wire entanglements about 50 yards from the Turkish trenches. He is buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Gallipoli. The Commonwealth War Records Commission record for Tom records his father living at 17 Dalton Street, Cathays. Tom is remembered on the Howard Gardens School memorial and the St Teilo’s church war memorial in Cardiff, and with a memorial plaque at Church of St Michael and All Angels, Llantarnam and one at St Ann’s Church in Wandsworth. During the period from 1905 to 1914 Tom became very interested in researching both his family ancestry and the Anstey surname. His great-nephew has since taken up the research and published a book on the Anstey surname authored by Gary Anstey and posthumously by his great-uncle Tom.
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. 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.
HAROLD JOHN NASH
Lieutenant, 4th Battalion attached to the 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Harold John Nash was born in Cardiff on 19 Apr 1894 to John Thomas Nash, a basket maker, originally from Cardiff and Mary Ann Nash née Godwin, originally from Newport. In 1901 the Nash family were living at 27 Glynrhondda Street, Cathays. By 1911 they had moved to 88 Ninian Road, Roath Park and Harold was working as a coal merchant’s clerk and later at Messrs Hall, Lewis & Co in Cardiff Docks. Harold’s parents married at Bethany Baptist church where Harold was a worshiper too. In WWI he served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, gaining promotion to 2nd Lieutenant on 1 Jan 1916. On 28 Jun 1916 he returned to Cardiff to marry Rose Hunt, a short-hand typist. They married at St Andrew’s church. Rose at the time was living in May Street, Cathays, and Harold at the Park Hall Camp in Oswestry. He returned to serving on the Western Front but was killed in action on 24 Mar 1918 at Frèmicourt aged 23. His burial place is not known. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial in France. He is also remembered on the St Andrew’s and St Teilo’s church memorial and the Bethany Baptist Memorial plaque. His probate states that at the time of his death his address was 4 Montgomery Street, Roath Park. His letters home from the front have been handed down through the family and extracts were reproduced in a Bethany Baptist church magazine in 2014. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.
There is also a memorial in the form of a cross at the church:
To the Glory of God
this Proccessional Cross was given
by the St Andrews Adult Bible Class
in loving memory of the following members
who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1918
William Thomas Bowen
Harold J Nash
William George Godfrey
Grant them o Lord eternal rest