St Martin’s, Albany Road,Roath, War Memorial plaques

St Martins Albany Road - combined war memorials

1914-18 War


Private, 13th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (Service Number 1508A)

Percy Gerard Atwill was born 27 Nov 1887 in Cardiff, the  fourth son of Sergeant-Major Thomas and Sarah Atwill née Gerard.  The Atwill family were living at the Drill Hall, Dumfries Place and he was baptised at St Andrew’s church on Dec 23rd.  The family later move to Devon and Percy attends Meavy Church Of England School and then works as a farm labourer before enlisting in 1906 and serving as a Regular in the Royal Garrison Artillery but was later discharged with heart problems.  Percy travels to Australia and enlists in the Australian Imperial Force.  He embarked at Sydney with 3rd Reinforcements on 11 February 1915. He was killed in action 27 August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey aged 27.  He is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial in Gallipoli. He is also remembered on St Martin’s church war memorial plaque in Roath and the Walkhampton War Memorial, Devon.   Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Private, 10th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. (Service Number 299)

Thomas Alfred Atwill was born in Dover in 1875.  He was the oldest son of Sarah Helen Atwill née Gerard, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Thomas Atwill, a Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery, who were married in Canada in 1872.  Thomas Alfred Atwill was baptised on 30th April 1875 in Dover Castle. The family then move to Cardiff and in 1881 are living at 80 Clifton Street. In 1891 they were living at the Drill Hall in Dumfries Place.  He attends  Cardiff Higher Grade School (Howard Gardens).  The family then move to Walkhampton in Devon and are there in 1901 and 1911 but sometime later return to Cardiff and live at 7, Richmond Crescent.  Three of the sons emigrated from the UK to Australia prior to the outbreak of World War I to try their hand at gold-mining.  Prior to emigrating Thomas Alfred Atwill had served Glamorgan Volunteers Artillery.  He enlists in  the Australian Infantry in 1914, sails for Europe but is killed in action on 19th May 1915 aged 40 at Dardanelles, Gallipoli.  He is buried in Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli.  Two of his brothers also die in WWI.   He is remembered on a number of memorials in Australia, one in the village of Walkhampton in Devon and on the Howardian School memorial plaque  and St Martin’s church memorial plaque, Roath, in Cardiff.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Thomas Atwill grave and Walkhampton memorial

Thomas Atwill grave in Gallipoli and his name on the Walkhampton memorial.

Walter Henry Batchelor

Harry Dacre

Arthur Davies

Herbert Davies

Percy Hier Davies

Edward Diggory

Edward Elston

Ernest Fletcher

Albert Gale

Thomas Spencer Gibbons

William Godfrey

William Henry Griffiths


 Private, 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Service Number: 690)

Edward Brockett Grover was born in 1879 in Pontypridd to Henry Llewellyn Brockett Grover, a solicitor, originally from Manchester, and Margaret Grover nee Morgan, originally from Pontypridd.  He grew up in Clydach Court, a large house in Pontypridd.  He attended Llandaff Cathedral School and then Dover College, Dover.  In 1901, aged 21, he was living in Caerphilly and working as a bank clerk. In 1907 he married Ada Jones, daughter of a coal merchant, in Ynyshir, who was some twenty years older than Edward.  They lived at Pen-y-lan Court, a large house on Ty Gwyn Avenue with seven bedrooms and extensive gardens.  Edward was said to be an enthusiast of hunting with hounds.  He enlisted in Sep 1914 with the Royal Fusiliers and did not seek commission, preferring to serve in the ranks.  He was killed in action at Montauban during the Battle of the Somme on 29 Jul 1916 aged 36.  He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France.  He is also remembered on the WWI War Memorial plaque at St Martin’s church in Roath.  This is probably a replacement for the original memorial in St Martin’s destroyed in a WWII air raid.  After WWI a high altar reredos was also installed as a memorial to members of the Brocket Grover family who fell in the Great War. These too were lost in 1941.  His name also appears on the Llandaff Cathedral School WWI memorial.  His wife Ada carried out a lot of charitable work including fundraising for Cardiff Infirmary.  She moved to Peterston super Ely and passed away in London in 1934 aged 76.  A Celtic cross memorial stone to both her and Edward is in the Peterston super Ely churchyard and behind it the Ada Brockett Grover memorial village hall of which she was the benefactor.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

Edward Brockett Grover portrait and headstone

Frederick James Hall

Ernest Ralph Hancock


Private, 2nd Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company (Service Number: 9644)

Herbert Clifford Hunt portraitHerbert Clifford Hunt was born on 12 Feb 1898 at 85 Arran Street, Roath to Edward Hunt, originally from Aberdare,  who worked for the Powell Duffryn Company and Emma Elizabeth Hunt née Davey originally from Tiverton, Devon.  Herbert was baptised at St Margaret’s church on 29 Mar 1898.  At the time of the 1901 census the Hunt family lived at 97 Mackintosh Place and by 1911 they had moved to 22 Tydfil Place , Roath Park.  Herbert attended Roath Park primary school before going on to Howard Gardens school for two years and then, according to school records, going on to private school.  After leaving school Herbert went to work for Messrs Foster Hain, ship-owners.  He took a keen interest in model boat racing and rowing at Roath Park.  He joined the army in Dec 1916 and went to the Western Front in Mar 1917.  He was killed in action on 15 May 1917 aged 19 at the second Battle of Bullecourt .  His body was not recovered.  He is remembered on the Arras Memorial in France. He is also remembered on the Howard Gardens war memorial plaque, the St Martin’s Church War Memorial and the Mackintosh Institute Roll of Honour (now lost).  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record. Herbert’s nephew, Clifford Dennis Hunt, was killed in WWII when serving with the RAF.

Leslie Gifford Hussey

Harold Jones

Leslie Jones

Thomas Jones

Victor Keays

Reginald Lowe

Alfred Martin

George Moore

Ivor Morgan

Arthur Spurway

Cuthbert Stephens

George Arthur Stephens

David Thomas


Private, D Company, 16th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number 23873)

John ‘Jack’ William Warden was born in Bedminster, Somerset, on 24 Mar 1897 to Alfred James Warden, a carpenter, originally from Devonport, Devon, and Emily Elizabeth Warden née Ellis, originally from Bristol.  He was baptised on 15 Apr at St Francis church, Ashton Gate.  By 1901 the Warden family had moved to Donald Street, Roath.  In 1911 John Warden was living at 45 Donald Street and attending Albany Road school.  By 1913, aged 16, he had left school and followed his father into the carpentry trade and was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners trade union.  He joined the army and was a Private in the 16th Battalion (Cardiff City), Welsh Regiment.  Judging by his number was an original 16th Battalion recruit.  He survived  Mametz Wood which took so many in his regiment only to be killed in action days later near Courcelles.  He lost his life on the 18 July 1916 when his trench raiding party became engaged with Germans in no-mans land.  The only other casualty was L/Cpl Christopher Nelson, who was from North Clive St in Grangetown.  They were both laid to rest in Serre Rd Number 1 Cemetery.  Jack Warden was nineteen years old.  He is remembered on the war memorial plaque in St Martin’s Church on Albany Road.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  His brother Alfred Henry Warden was a mechanic in the RAF and died in 1918.

Jack Warden photographs


Gunner, 122nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (Service Number: 348205)

Thomas Llewellyn WatkinsThomas Llewellyn Watkins was born in 1894 at 32 Glenroy Street, Roath, to Thomas Samuel Watkins a patternmaker originally from Bedwellty, Monmouthshire and Margaret Ann Watkins née Miles originally from Cardiff.  He was baptised on 26 Apr 1894 at St John the Baptist church.  The Watkins family moved to Porthkerry Road, Barry but tragedy struck in 1898 when his mother, father and five year old sister all died at different times that year.  Thomas was subsequently bought up by his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Margaret Miles.  In the 1911 census he was 16, living at 13 Kelvin Road, Roath Park with his grandparents and working as a builder’s clerk. The newspaper announcement of his death mentions him being a scoutmaster and athlete. He served as a Gunner, in the 122nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.  He died on 7 Apr 1917 at Vraucourt, France aged 23. He is buried at Vaulx Hill Cemetery (grave I.C.9). Commonwealth War Graves Commission record. He is remembered on the war memorial in St Martin’s church, Roath.

Herbert George Wheeler

Rice Watkin Williams

Trevor James Williams

Glynne Lougher Yorath

May They Rest In Peace

1939-45 War


Lance Bombardier, 22nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (Service Number 802804)

Edward Anson headsone - small

Edward Charles Anson was born in Cardiff on 2nd April 1912 at 125 Glenroy Street, Roath to Oscar Anson, a Marine Engineer originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, and Maud Mary Anson nee Smith, from Monmouthshire. He married Kathleen McCarthy (1914-2002) in Cardiff in 1938. They had a daughter Christine born in Cardiff in 1942. Edward died on 17th July 1944 in Italy aged 32 when serving with the Royal Artillery.  He is buried at the Arezzo War Cemetery in Italy (Grave: II.D.30).  His brother Jack also died in WWII. They are both remembered on the war memorial plaque in St Martin’s church, Albany Road. Edward is also remembered on his wife’s headstone in Pantmawr cemetery, Cardiff. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


Able Seaman, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Onslow (Service Number D/J 107883)

John ‘Jack’ Oscar Henry Anson was born in Cardiff on 4th Dec 1906 at 125 Glenroy Street, Roath to Oscar Anson, a Marine Engineer originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, and Maud Mary Anson nee Smith, from Monmouthshire. He attended Albany Road primary school. He joined the Royal Navy in 1923 and served on a variety of ships including the Valiant, Queen Elizabeth and Vivid.  He married Jessie Kingdon in South Molton, Devon in 1935.  In WWII Jack Anson served on board the Destroyer HMS Onslow which helped provide escorts for North American convoys. On 31st December 1942, in what became known as the  Battle of the Barents Sea, north of Norway, the Onslow came under heavy fire when defending a convoy from superior enemy forces.  During the battle Onslow was hit and fire broke out and a number of crew lost their lives including Jack Anson aged 36.  Captain Robert Sherbrooke of HMS Onslow was awarded the Victoria Cross for the way in which it defended the convoy.  He acknowledged that it had really been awarded in honour of the whole crew of HMS Onslow. In the action the Captain had been badly wounded and he lost the sight in his left eye.  Jack Anson is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial (panel 64).  He is also remembered on the war memorial plaque in St Martin’s church, Albany Road, Cardiff.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

HMS Onslow back home after the battle in 1943

HMS Onslow back home after the battle in 1943, the second picture showing some of the damage (Pic credit: IWM)

Edwin Bale

Reginald Brock

Henry George Challicombe

Colin George Clarke, priest

Herbert Crock

Haydn Davies

Hugh John Dawnay

Kenneth Frank Dickenson

Maxwell Foan

Terence Russell Gilbert

Geoffery Howell

Thomas Hurley

John Jenkins

Clifford Trevor John

Kenneth Edwin Jones

Thomas Hatfield Lawton

Clifford James Lentle

Reginald Nicol

Charles Palmer

Gilbert Parsons

Lewis Parsons

Terrence Parsons

Norman Pattison

Gordon Phillips

Edward Herbert Rees

Leonard Roberts

John Shepherd

Robert Twiddy

Robert Washer


Aircraftwoman 1st Class, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (Service Number: 883075)

Barbara Sarah Watkin Williams was born on 29 Jul 1922 in Cardiff in to Thomas Baker Williams, an auctioneer, originally from Marshfield, Monmouthshire and Annie Maud Williams née Williams originally from Treorchy, Rhondda.  The Williams family lived at 18 Ninian Road, Roath Park. Barbara joined the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce in 1939. She died on 20 Jun 1940, aged 17,  as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident at Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire.  She was in a car with two RAF pilot officers on the Lincoln-Sleaford road during the black-out when it was involved in a head-on collision with a truck.  All three occupants were killed.  She is buried at Cathays Cemetery (plot O.1107).  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  She is remembered on the war memorials at St Edward’s  and St Martin’s church.  Barbara’s elder sister Betty married British Heavyweight Boxing champion Jack Petersen at Marshfield in 1935. Barbara had been a bridesmaid at the wedding attended by hundreds of people and enthusiastic onlookers.  Her grave at Cathays Cemetery is adjacent to that of Jack Petersen.

Barbara Williams portrait and headstone

Ronald Frank Willis

May They Rest In Peace