Trinity Centre, Four Elms Road

The Trinity Centre was previously the Trinity Methodist Church.

The centre still houses a collection of memorial plaques, some collected from other churches when they closed down.

Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church Roath - Small for website

This is probably the original Trinity Methodist WWI plaque.

The names on the Trinity Methodist plaque: Raymond Bird, John F Coundrey, Harry G Hankin, M Frederick J Hedden, William Hughes, William H Lampurd, Hubert V Morse, P Ernest Stratton.


Broadway Methodist Church WWI plaque

The Broadway Methodist WWI Plaque now housed at the Trinity Centre, Four Elms Road

The names on the Broadway Methodist Church memorial plaque are:

ALFRED HENRY ALLARD

Lance Corporal, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment  (Service Number 10669)

Harry Allard SWDN 13.11.15 - Copy

Alfred Henry ‘Harry’ Allard was born at Frome, Somerset on 25 Sep 1894 to John Thomas Allard, an iron works erector, and Sarah Ann ‘Annie’ Allard nee Singer, both originally from Somerset.   Harry attended Stacey Road school. In the 1911 census the Allard family were living at 1 Vere Street, Roath and Harry was working as a plumber’s assistant.  He enlisted in Bristol.  He served as a Lance Corporal in the 8th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. He was killed in action on the Western Front on 25 Sep 1915, on his 21st birthday. He is remembered on the Loos memorial in France. He is also remembered on the Broadway Methodist church war memorial plaque now at the Trinity Centre.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.


ARTHUR SYDNEY BANBURY

Corporal,  38th Division, Signal Company, Royal Engineers  (Service Number: 62902)

Arthur Sydney Banbury, was born on 29 May 1883 in Cardiff to John Banbury, a coal merchant, originally from Boscastle, Cornwall and Mary Ann Banbury née Symons, also from Boscastle, Cornwall.  He grew up in the Splott area attending Metal Street Infants School and then Splotlands Board School before moving on to Howard Gardens School for two years.  In the 1891 census the Banbury family lived at 8 Coveny Street.  They also lived at 73 Broadway and 96 Splott Road before moving to 52 Partridge Road, Roath where they were at the time of both the 1901 and 1911 census.  When Sydney left school in 1898 he worked initially at the Western Mail newspaper then as a telegraphist at Cardiff GPO.  He was a Methodist as indicated by his name appearing on two local church memorial plaques. In 1912 he married Florence Mary Jennings, a telephonist, originally from St Ives, Cornwall.  They lived at 10 Grenville Road and went on to have a son, Philip Sydney Banbury, born in Feb 1916.  Sydney enlisted in Porthcawl and served as a telephone linesman on the Western Front from Dec 1915. He was killed in action in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on 31 Jul 1917 aged 34.  He is buried at Dragoon Camp Cemetery, Boesinghe, Belgium (plot A5).  He is remembered on the Broadway Methodist Church War Memorial Plaque and the Cyfarthfa Street Mission memorial plaque, both now housed at the Trinity Centre, and on the Cardiff Post Office’s Roll of Honour.  He is also remembered on his parent’s headstone in Boscastle.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  His brother Alfred  was a Corporal with the Honourable Artillery Company who enlisted in 1915 and was discharged on 10 Sep 1917 due to gunshot wounds to his right arm and eye. Sydney’s son joined the military and rose to be Major Philip Sydney Banbury with the Royal Signals during WWII.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his work in defending the important port of Antwerp from Nov 1944 to Mar 1945. He helped deploy and run an efficient communication system covering large parts of Holland and Belgium that acted as an early warning system of V1 and V2 flying bombs heading towards Antwerp.

Arthur Sydney Banbury portrait and headstone


Herbert Bingham


WILLIAM BLACK

Engineer Lieutenant,  HMS Natal, Royal Navy.

William Black was born on 6 Jan1885 in Cardiff, the only son of William Black originally from Kinghoorn, Fife, Scotland and Alice Black née Gray originally from Hartlepool. The family originally lived at  of 80 Richards Terrace, Roath but by 1891 the family had moved to 235 Newport Road, Roath.  His father was a superintendent marine engineer.  William attended Cardiff Municipal Secondary School, Howard Gardens from 1895 to 1898 and then Cardiff High School from September 1898, when he was in the school’s first ever intake .  He left in Dec 1900 to follow his father’s profession and started work as an apprenticed engineer.  He took an extra first class engineers certificate at South Shields in 1911 and later qualified as a naval architect.  He was employed as a consulting engineer at Cardiff docks and, on the death of his father in 1912, he succeeded him in the business.  In Sep 1915, he was appointed Engineer Lieutenant RN. William Black was killed, aged 30, when HMS Natal accidentally exploded with great loss of life in Cromarty Firth on 31 Dec 1915.  Over four hundred died.  Though it was at first assumed she had been torpedoed it was later concluded that the cause was an internal ammunition explosion, possibly the result of faulty cordite.  Engineer Lieutenant William Black is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial to the Missing and also on family gravestones in Cathays Cemetery and in Kinghorn, Fife, where his family originated.  He is also commemorated on the Cardiff High School war memorial, the Howard Gardens war memorial and the war memorial that was in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Broadway, Roath now in the Trinity CentreCommonwealth War Graves Commission record.

William Black portrait and graves

William Black (photo: Western Mail), lower left: tribute on family grave at Cathays Cemetery, grave S745, right – remembered on family grave in Kinghorn, Fife.


William Collier,

Herbert Constanine,

Wilfred Dymoke,

Algy Farley,

Harold Peacock,

Leslie Rowe,

Vivian Rowe,

Frank Stacey,

Bernard Way,

Bert Yarwood


Broadway Methodist Church Memorial Windows later reinstalled at Trinity Methodist Church

Broadway Methodist Church Memorial Windows unveiled in November 1920, later reinstalled at Trinity Methodist Church in 1950.

Broadway Methodist Church Windows Plaque


Cyfartha Street Mission plaque

CYFARTHA STREET MISSION plaque

The Cyfartha Street Mission plaque now housed at the Trinity Centre

Names on the memorial: Sydney Banbury, Frank Stacey

ARTHUR SYDNEY BANBURY

Corporal,  38th Division, Signal Company, Royal Engineers  (Service Number: 62902)

Arthur Sydney Banbury, was born on 29 May 1883 in Cardiff to John Banbury, a coal merchant, originally from Boscastle, Cornwall and Mary Ann Banbury née Symons, also from Boscastle, Cornwall.  He grew up in the Splott area attending Metal Street Infants School and then Splotlands Board School before moving on to Howard Gardens School for two years.  In the 1891 census the Banbury family lived at 8 Coveny Street.  They also lived at 73 Broadway and 96 Splott Road before moving to 52 Partridge Road, Roath where they were at the time of both the 1901 and 1911 census.  When Sydney left school in 1898 he worked initially at the Western Mail newspaper then as a telegraphist at Cardiff GPO.  He was a Methodist as indicated by his name appearing on two local church memorial plaques. In 1912 he married Florence Mary Jennings, a telephonist, originally from St Ives, Cornwall.  They lived at 10 Grenville Road and went on to have a son, Philip Sydney Banbury, born in Feb 1916.  Sydney enlisted in Porthcawl and served as a telephone linesman on the Western Front from Dec 1915. He was killed in action in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on 31 Jul 1917 aged 34.  He is buried at Dragoon Camp Cemetery, Boesinghe, Belgium (plot A5).  He is remembered on the Broadway Methodist Church War Memorial Plaque and the Cyfarthfa Street Mission memorial plaque, both now housed at the Trinity Centre, and on the Cardiff Post Office’s Roll of Honour.  He is also remembered on his parent’s headstone in Boscastle.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.  His brother Alfred  was a Corporal with the Honourable Artillery Company who enlisted in 1915 and was discharged on 10 Sep 1917 due to gunshot wounds to his right arm and eye. Sydney’s son joined the military and rose to be Major Philip Sydney Banbury with the Royal Signals during WWII.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his work in defending the important port of Antwerp from Nov 1944 to Mar 1945. He helped deploy and run an efficient communication system covering large parts of Holland and Belgium that acted as an early warning system of V1 and V2 flying bombs heading towards Antwerp.

Arthur Sydney Banbury portrait and headstone