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

St Martins Albany Road - combined war memorials

 

1914-18 War

Percy Gerard Atwell :

PERCY GERARD ATWILL

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 nee 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.

 

Thomas Alfred Atwell :

THOMAS ALFRED ATWILL

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

Edward Brockett Grover

Frederick James Hall

Ernest Ralph Hancock

Herbert Clifford Hunt

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

John Warden

Thomas Watkins

Herbert George Wheeler

Rice Watkin Williams

Trevor James Williams

Glynne Lougher Yorath

May They Rest In Peace

 

1939-45 War

Edward Anson:

EDWARD CHARLES ANSON

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.

 

Jack Anson:

JOHN OSCAR HENRY ANSON

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

Barbara Williams

Ronald Frank Willis

May They Rest In Peace