St Saviour’s War Memorial, Splott Road

The stone cross war memorial stands in front of St Saviour’s church on Splott Road, Cardiff.  It was unveiled on 11th November 1921 in a ceremony attended by Lord Tredegar.

St Saviour war memorial, Splott, Cardiff

The memorial contains 139 names of men who died in WWI.  The memorial was fully restored in 1996. Most of the names on the slate tablets on the memorial had been obliterated.  The names were rediscovered due to an appeal by letter to the readers of the Cardiff Echo.  The inscription reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD THIS CALVARY / WAS ERECTED IN MEMORY / OF THOSE WHO DIED / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918 / AND RESTORED TO COMMEMORATE THOSE WHO DIED IN THE / 2ND WORLD WAR / AND SUBSEQUENT CONFLICTS / MAY THEY REST IN PEACE / 11.11.1996

St Saviour's SPlott Cardiff War Memorial plaque

St Saviour’s Splott War Memorial plaque

St Saviour's Splott Cardiff War Memorial Panel a

St Saviour’s,  Splott, Cardiff,  War Memorial Plaque a

St Saviour's Splott War Memorial Panel b

St Saviour’s, Splott, Cardiff, war memorial, plaque b

St Saviour's Splott War Memorial Plaque Panel c

St Saviour’s, Splott, Cardiff, war memorial, plaque c

St Saviour's Splott War Memorial Panel d

St Saviour’s, Splott, Cardiff, War Memorial, panel d.

 

The names on the memorial plaques are:

PANEL 1

ARTHUR ROBERTSON ADAMSON

Gunner, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number 106422)

Arthur Adamson was born in 1882 In Wallsend, Tyneside to John Adamson, a foreman blacksmith and Agnes Adamson née Robertson.  By 1891 the family had moved to Cardiff but Arthur’s father John died in 1902. When Arthur signs up for the army in December 1915 he describes himself as a laundry depot manager and living with his widowed mother and siblings at 21 Moorland Road. He is killed in action in France on 23rd March 1917 and buried at Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Fance.

JOSEPH ACKERMAN

Private, 8th Battalion. Welsh Regiment (Service Number 12265)

Joseph Akerman was born in Cardiff on 22nd September 1894 to William Akerman, a dock labourer, originally from Ashcott, Somerset and Eliza Akerman nee Turner, who was born at sea.  Joseph attended Splott Road school after which he was employed as a boilermaker. He enlisted in Cardiff on 22nd August 1914 and served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force as a Private in the 8th Battalion. Welsh Regiment. He was wounded in the thigh by shrapnel at Chocolate Hill, Suvla, Gallipoli brought home and admitted to Splott Road Military Hospital on 30th August 1915. Joseph Akerman died of wounds on 16th September 1915 aged 20 in the school where he was educated which was being used as a military hospital on. He is buried at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff (plot EB 18). The address of his parents at the time of his army service is recorded as being 12 Singleton Road, East Moors.

Joseph Akerman portrait and grave

Joseph Akerman portrait (Pic: South Wales Daily Post) and grave (Friends of Cathays Cemetery)

GEORGE ANDREWS

Private.  8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)  (Service Number S/7411)

George Andrews was born in Spring 1895 in Cardiff to John Andrews a bathstone stonemason and Mary Andrews nee Lewis.  He was one of eleven children.  The family lived at 1 Moorland Road, Splott. He originally enlisted in Cardiff with the 2nd Welsh Royal Field Artillery in 1912.  He served on the Western Front with the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)  and died of wounds 16th February 1916 aged 20.  He is buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France in grave II. C. 142.  He is remembered on the Splott War Memorial in front of St Saviour’s church. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

 

JOSEPH ATTWELL

Private, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number: 13236)

Joseph Attwell portrait pic

Joseph Attwell was born in Pontypool in 1879 to John Attwell, a blast furnace worker originally from Cwmbran, and Ann Attwell nee Dacey originally from Ireland. The Attwell family lived at 277 Portmanmoor Road.  Joseph Attwell, like his father worked as a furnaceman. He enlisted in Cardiff and served on the Western Front as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment for one month. He was killed in action 25 May 1915, aged 36. He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in France and on the Splott War Memorial. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

 

C BAKER

H BUSHELL

J J BARRY

W H BATCHELOR

F BECK

A BARNES

W BELLAMY

J W BENDALL

J B BOWYER

A BURNETT

W F BROOKS

W J BROWN

G BUNCE

R G BROOKES

H BUNCE

W J BURGESS

G BUTCHERS

H BUNKHAM

G BOWLER

H BREWER

 

A BOWDEN

S BLACKMORE

F BOWDEN

W A BROWN

H J BROWN

W G BROWN

JOSEPH EDWARDS

Private, 2nd Garrison Battalion, Essex Regiment (Service Number 33203)

Joseph Edwards was born in Hereford on 28 Nov 1880 to Joseph Edwards, a chimney sweep, from St Austell, Cornwell and Elizabeth Edwards nee Davies, from Hereford. By 1891 the Edwards family have moved to Cardiff and Joseph attends St German’s school on Metal Street.  In 1901 the family are living at 32 Ordell Street, Splott with Joseph working as a dock labourer.  In 1903 he marries Bridget Aherne and they have five children together.  Joseph enlisted in the army and served in a number of regiments including the Welch Regiment and the Somerset Light Infantry and finally the Essex Regiment.  He survived most of the war but died of pleurisy in Mesopotamia on the day the war ended, 11th Nov 1918, aged 37. He is buried at the Basra War Cemetery and remembered on the memorial there, panel I.S.18.   He is also remembered on the Splott War Memorial outside St Saviour’s church.

R BODENHAM

C DBODENHAM

C E BROWN

W BLACK

W CARNEY

H C B CARTER

D H CHAMPION

T H COX

T CHAPMAN

R CHORLEY

W COAKLEY

F CREEK

J A COLLINS

J W CORBETT

J H COTTER

A CLEMERSON

J COSTELLO

A CUMMINGS

T COUGHLAN

W J CUDDIGAN

E J CULLIFORD

A E COURTNEY

EV CUNNINGHAM

E COURTNEY

A A COCKIN

F C COOPER

G I COX

W H W COUTTS

R DAVIES

W DAVID

D DAVIES

A N DANDO

A DAVEY

A DAVEY

H DAVEY

J DAVIES

E J DAVIES

W J DEMPSEY

W DENT

E DOWDING

J DOGGETT

P DRISCOLL

 

 

PANEL 2

 

J DUNFORD

J DURSLEY

T EVANS

W EDWARDS

W EMMETT

F EMMOTT

M J FARMER

 

WILLIAM FRANK FENNERTY

William Frank Fennerty, Ordell Street, Splott

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy aboard H.M.S. Defence (Service Number SS/116201)

William Frank Fennerty as born on 10th Oct 1896 to William Henry Fennerty, a house painter, and Emily Fennerty née Godbeer, both originally from Devon.  William Frank Fennerty joins the navy and serves aboard H.M.S. Defence as a stoker.  The ship is lost in the battle of Jutland, off Denmark,  on 31st May 1916 and 900 lives on board are lost.  He is remembered on the Splott war memorial outside St Saviour’s church and the Naval War Memorial in Plymouth.  His parents were living at 70, Ordell Street, Splott at the time. Commonwealth War Graves Commission record

 

F W FILER

F FISHER

J G FARMER

A H FLETCHER

W FLYNN

E FREE

T FORD

J E FOX

M A FOX

P FOOKS

J E FREDERICK

F GARLICK

G GARN

W J GEDRYCH

J E GLOVER

T A GOUGH

D J GWYNN

W D GOULD

J F GWYNNE

F GRISTOCK

W GODWIN

A GRAHAM

R GRIST

W H GARDINER

T E HAWKINS

S HAM

F HORNE

J HARDING

T HARRIES

T S HAWKINS

J F HURDIN

 

JAMES JOHN HEGARTY

Private, 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry (Service Number 16086)

James John Hagerty

James John Hegarty was born in 1880 to William Daniel Hegarty, a railway wagon repairer from Cadoxton and Mary Ann Hegarty née Norman from Cardiff.  in 1901 the Hegarty family lived at 21 Ruby Street.  James Hegarty was a dock labourer and in 1904 married Amelia Rose Thomas and they had five children together.  James was one of six Hegarty brothers to serve in WWI and the only one to lose his life.  His father William remarkably also enlisted in 1914 at the age of 58 although the age on his military records is given as 45.  James served in the Somerset Light Infantry but lost his life on the first day of the battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916, aged 36.  He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 2 A) in France.  He is also remembered on the war memorial outside St Saviour’s church in Splott, Cardiff.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

 

D HEIRENE

J T HILTON

A HULL

R HODGSON

S J HOLLAND

J HOLLINGSWORTH

L HUGH

W HOPKINS

 

H L HUGHES

J J HURFORD

W HULL

W HUBBARDE

G T HARRIS

F P HARDING

F HOLBROOK:-

FREDERICK JOHN HOLBROOK

Private, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number 30649)

Fred Holbrook

Fred Holbrook was born in Splott on 5 May 1898 and baptised at St Saviour’s church on June 13th.  His mother was Ellen Holbrook née Streat, originally from Ottery St Mary, Devon and his father, Henry Thomas Holbrook, originally from Chard, Somerset and a bricklayer who died as the result of an industrial accident at the East Moors Ironworks in 1907.  In 1911 widowed Ellen and her children lived at 67 Llanelly Street, Splott.  Fred attended Moorland Road school and then worked as a bricklayer at the Dowlais works prior to joining up in February 1915.  He was posted to France on 12 May 1915 and therefore probably underage when he joined up. He was wounded on  16 July 1916 and the date suggests that his wounds were received in operations connected with the Battle of Bazentin Ridge.  Fred Holbrook died on 27 July 1916 aged 18.  He is buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery.  Three Casualty Clearing Stations (hospitals) were based around what is now the cemetery when the Battle of the Somme started, and it was linked by railway almost to the front lines.  More of Fred’s story is told in this well-researched piece. Fred Holbrook is remembered on the Splott War Memorial in front of St Saviour’s church and the Guest, Keen  & Nettlefolds memorial.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

 

G F HARRIS

H HANKINS

E W HAWKINS

A HOLLEY

H HARDWARE

G ISGAR

A P IRWIN

W JAMES

A JAMES

E H JAMES

R H JAMES

H JENNINGS

H JONES

J H JEREMY

D JOHN

 

MILLARD FILLMORE JONES

Millard Fillmore Jones&William Selwyn seated

Millard Fillmore Jones (standing) and his brother William

Private, 3rd Battalion, Welsh Regiment (Service Number 19014)

Millard Fillmore ‘Phil’ Jones was born on 20th June 1892 in Cardiff to William Jones, a ship’s donkeyman (engineer) and Maria Jones, née James, originally from Merthyr.  In his early years he lived at 34 Pontypridd Street.  He was baptised at St Saviour’s on April 25th 1898 on the same day as his brother William and sister Gladys.  By 1911 the family are living at  74 Adeline Street, Splott and Phil is working as a coal haulier.  Later that year he is working as a porter on the railways. He served in the 3rd Welsh Regiment.  He died on 17th December 1916 aged 24. He is recorded in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  He is buried at Cathays Cemetery (grave I 471). The grave records that he died at Kinmel Park which was a large military camp near Abergele, north Wales.  Records show that he died of a brain hemorrhage. He may have been transferred there after being injured elsewhere.  The grave also records he was part of the B.E.F. The British Expeditionary Force fought on the Western Front in France in WWI.  The family have pieced together the history

 

W H JONES

 

 

PANEL 3

 

T H JONES

B JONES

C JERMYN

H JONES

M L A JAMES

A C JAMES

E H KNIGHT

N KEHOE

J LUMLEY

D J LAKE

A E LEWIS

I H LEWIS

W J LLOYD

J E LUMLEY

W D LEWIS

T H LANE

W J LANE

F C LOCK

G LEWIS

D LLOYD

R A LATHAM

D J LUKER

J J LAKE

L MAZZEI

 

J McCONNELL

J H McKERGO

W G MARKS

A MAZZEI

S E MATHIAS

A MORGAN

R E MILMAN

J MISSON

P MIDDLETON

C MORGAN

J MORGAN

H J MORGAN

G MORGAN

P MORGAN

E C MORGAN

W MORGAN

D MULLANE

F MURPHY

W H MURRAY

A E MILLETT

A MUSGRAVE

A McGILLIVRAY

A McGILLIVRAY

 

E G MAT THEWS

W H E MORGAN

A MORGAN

S MATTHEWS

H J MERRETT

A NEURDEN

E B NOALL

E NOTLEY

A NORRIS

E NICHOLLS

S G OATES

C O’BRIEN

J O’BRIEN

J O’CONNELL

I OWEN

F PINKARD

E PERKINS

W PINKARD

W A PETERS

A PALMER

W R PANTING

E J PRANKERD

W PARSONS

T POWDITCH

 

PANEL 4

 

H PLEASS

R V PLUM

A PLEASS

E POUND

F A POOLE

O J POOLE

H J PORTER

W C PRICE

C POUND

E PRINGLE

G F READING

W A PERRY

A REES

J ROCKEY

E C RICHARDS

J C RICKETTS

W REED

R R RIXON

C ROBINSON

W P ROSE

F SPILLER

R P SALISBURY

L V SAUNDERS

T R SAUNDERS

 

A STRONGMAN

T R SELBY

C SHROUDER

E J SIMS

J SPEAR

E SMITH

R SMITH

S G SMITH

W T STEPHENSON

H STEVENS

S J SUMMERS

G H SUCKLES

G STEVENS

J STEVENS

A TOMKINS

D THOMAS

W J TERRY

H E H THOMAS

W THOMAS

G TABBENER

J TIPPLES

E J TOOP

R C THOMAS

H THOMAS

 

A S THOMAS

J TIPPLES

J E TIPPLES

J THOMAS

W THORNE

A J THORNE

W UPHAM

W VAILE

W J VERNON

C VICKERY

W S WILSON

C WASON

J WADE

D J WALTERS

W W WANNELL

G J WARREN

F WAYTE

G WHITE

G WHITEHEAD

W WILLIAMS

W WILLIAMS

D H WILSON

F WOOD

J XUERUB


 

 

Inside the church of St Savour’s there are also a number of memorial plaques:

St Saviour's WWII plaque

In Honoured memory of those from this Parish who gave their

Lives for Humanity in the Second World War.

George Davies

Herbert J Davies

Seabourne Hall

Jack Harris

Joseph Holley

Sister L Ethel Hughes

Arthur E Moore

W Morne Myers

Harold Neeves

William Probert

Fred Saunders

John T Shellam

Leonard Vincent

Frederick C Williams

Their name liveth for evermore

 


 

In Memory of

Guardsman Colin Parsons

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Killed in action in the Falklands

8th June 1982

Aged 18 years

Beloved son of Gill and Ken

Brother of Tracey and Antony


 

In loving memory of
Guardsman Nigel Arthur Roweberry
1st Battalion Welsh Guards
Killed in action in the Falklands
8th June 1982
Aged 20 Years
Beloved husband of Maria
Darling Daddy of Nigella
Beloved son of Pam & Fred
Beloved stepson of Trish & Eddie
Brother of Mark, Jill & Becky