St German’s War Memorial plaques

St German's, Cardiff, war WWI memorial

St German’s, Cardiff, war WWI memorial


Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), (Service Number 1045)

Thomas Allday

Thomas Allday (photo credit: Michael Caldwell)

Thomas Allday was born in Dundee on 19th May 1894.  He was the son of Henry George Allday, a draper, originally from Southampton and Emma Kate Allday, née Tuppen, originally from Brighton. Before enlisting in Dundee Thomas was an apprentice watchmaker and was well known for his connection with the Y.M.C.A.  He served with the 4th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).  On 26th Feb 1915 he was admitted to hospital with influenza and transferred back to Cardiff’s King Edward VIII hospital.  He was baptised as an adult in the hospital, by officials from St German’s church, Splott on 27th May 1915.    On recovering he returned to France but was killed in action on 25th Sep 1915 on the Western Front in France aged 21.  He is remembered on the Loos Memorial in France (panel 78-83).  He is also remembered on the Grove Academy memorial plaque at Broughty Ferry, Dundee and the war memorial plaque at St German’s church, Cardiff.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  Summary of the life of Thomas Allday at Great War Dundee website.

Grove Academy War Memorial, Dundee

The restored memorial at Grove Academy, Dundee showing the name of Thomas Allday (photo credit: Grove Academy)


Lieutenant, 1st & 9th Battalion, South Wales Borderers

Herbert Sidney Bennett was born on 25 Nov 1891 in Beresford Road, Roath to Walter William Bennett, a joiner, originally from East Pennard, Somerset and Evangeline Bennett nee Selvey originally from Portishead, Somerset.  He started attending Stacey Rd primary school in 1896.  In 1901 the family were living at 41 Richards Terrace.  He went on to attend Cardiff Municipal Secondary School, Howard Gardens (1903-5).  The Bennett family later moved to 94 Claude Road.  On leaving school became a clerk in a typewriter company. He enlisted in Cardiff Pals in September 1914 and was commissioned in May 1915. In Dec 1915 he married Gertrude-Lyons Davis, daughter of Alderman Frederick Lyons-Davis from Cardiff.  The paper reported that they got married in Crosby, Liverpool  where Herbert was probably stationed.  Had went on to see a great deal of fighting and only returned to the Western Front for a few weeks after a long period of illness caused by trench fever when he died on 18 Oct 1918 aged 27 of wounds received.  He is buried at the St. Souplet British Cemetery, France (grave III. E. 12).  He is remembered on the Howard Gardens memorial at Howardian Primary School and the memorial at St. German’s Church, Roath.  Herbert and Gertrude lived at 154 City Road and had three children together, one dying in infancy and another, born in 1919 after his father had been killed and named after his father, Herbert Sidney Bennett, was himself killed in WWII.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Captain, 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment

Thomas ‘Tom’ William David was born in Cardiff on 6 Aug 1891 to George David, a solicitor and the Official Receiver in Bankruptcy for Cardiff, originally from Pwllheli, Caernarvonshire and Annie Florence David née Jordon, originally from Newport, Monmouthshire. Thomas was baptised at St German church on 27 Aug 1891 and the David family lived at 126 Newport Road. Tom went to school at Arnold House, Knutsford, Cheshire before going on to study law at Keble College, Oxford.  He was a good sportsman, playing rugby and cricket for his college and also cricket for both Cardiff and for Glamorgan Cricket Club. He obtained a commission as 2nd Lieutenant on 3 Nov 1914, was promoted Lieutenant on 3 Nov 1916 and Captain on 19 Jul 1917.  He undertook training of recruits at Pontypridd and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 22 Feb 1917, being attached to the 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment.  Tom was killed in action on the Yser Canal, north of Ypres on 27 Jul 1917 aged 26. He is buried in Bard Cot Cemetery, Canal Bank, north of Ypres, Belgium (Grave III.G.31).  His Commanding Officer wrote: ‘A German aeroplane with British colours dropped very close over the trench, lit a signal, and directed the German shell fire into the trench in which your brother was killed. He will always linger in our memories, and none of us will ever forget a good officer and a brave gentleman.’  He is remembered on the war memorials at St German church and Keble College, Oxford and Glamorgan Cricket Club Roll of Honour.  Commonwealth War Grave Commission record.

Thomas William David roath war memorial

St German's Cardiff WWII memorial plaque

St German’s Cardiff WWII memorial plaque


Civilian Casualty

Edith Mabel Denman was born on 17 Jan 1910 in Copthorne, Surrey to James Denman, a forester, originally from Worth, Sussex and Keturah Elsie Denman née Barnett, originally from Alford, Surry.  She joined the Society of St Margaret’s, an Anglican order of nuns centred in East Grinstead near where she grew up and adopted the name Sister Teresa.  The Cardiff base for the nuns was originally  St Teilo’s Priory near St Margaret’s church but they moved out of there in 1934.  In 1939 Edith Denman is living with four other nuns at 56 Ruby Street. She lost her life on 3 Mar 1941 when a bomb fell on St German’s Church hall adjacent to the church, killing her, aged 31, and Ivy Sulley, aged 19.  One recollection says they were sheltering in a Morrison shelter under the stage in the hall.  Two other girls were rescued alive from the debris.  Sister Teresa is buried at Cathays Cemetery, (plot EK687).  She is remembered on the war memorial plaque in St German’s church.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Sister Teresa, Elsie Mabel Denman headstone and St German's Hall

St Agnes Church war memorial

St Agnes Church war memorial