Wenvoe war memorial

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Wenvoe war memorial

Photo of Wenvoe war memorial under construction
Wenvoe war memorial under construction © W Clarke, Llandaff

This memorial was created in 1919 to honour the local men who had served in the First World War. Those who died in the First and Second World Wars are listed on the main stone. To discover who they were, choose a category below.

First World War

Second World War

Most community war memorials list only the people who died as a result of war. This one is unusual in recording almost everyone from the area who served. Our information below includes details of several men who died in the wars and had local connections but are not named on the memorial.

Photo of W Clarke at Wenvoe war memorial
William Clarke views the completed war memorial © W Clarke, Llandaff

The Grade II-listed memorial is made of local Carboniferous limestone. It was designed by William Clarke, who founded the firm W Clarke of Llandaff. By this time he had retired and lived at Upper House in Wenvoe.

William’s son Guy prepared a sketch for Wenvoe war memorial in May 1919. Some of the sculpting work was done on the stones while they were still at the nearby Alps quarry. The stones were then transported to the site and placed on a concrete base. The work was finished in November 1919 and the total cost was £290.

The Alps quarry was an important source of stone for construction projects, including the building of Barry No.1 Dock in the late 19th century.

With thanks to Parry Edwards and Mike Clarke, and to Michael Statham of the Welsh Stone Forum

Postcode: CF5 6AN    View Location Map

 

 

 

First World War

  • Ernest Bird, Private 23027. Welsh Regiment 19th Bn. Died 7 July 1916 aged 20. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Son of TW and Annie Bird of Twyn yr Odyn, Wenvoe. Baptised in St Mary's Church, Wenvoe, 14 January 1896.
  • Isaac Clarke, Corporal M2/193771. Died 28 January 1918. Army Service Corps. Buried Merville Communal Cemetery Extension. Born and lived in Cardiff and enlisted in Barry. Possibly son of Benjamin and Eliza Clarke, of Twyn yr Odyn.
  • William Charles Clarke, Lance Corporal 8500. Welsh Regiment 2nd Bn. Died 31 December 1915. Buried at London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, France.
  • Arthur W David, Second Lieutenant. South Wales Borderers 1st Bn. Died 14 September 1918 aged 31. Buried at Vadencourt British Cemetery, France. Brother of Mr H David of 27 Forrest Road, Canton, Cardiff, and of Twyn yr Odyn, Wenvoe. Worked for the Barry Railway before the war.
  • Walter Richard Evans, Major. Leicestershire Regiment. Died 15 December 1916 aged 38. Buried at St George-super-Ely Churchyard. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Evans, of Burdons Hill, Wenvoe. Had earlier served in the South African War. Not named on Wenvoe war memorial.
  • Wilfred Henry Graham, Junior Engineer. Mercantile Marine - HMHS Salta. Died 10 April 1917 aged 37. Buried at Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. Son of Thomas and Annie Graham, of Wenvoe. Died after the vessel, a hospital ship, struck a British mine as it approach the port of Le Havre.
  • Herbert Harding, Driver 228714. Royal Field Artillery 18th Div. Ammunition Col. Died 30 October 1917 aged 19. Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Harding, of Old Greave, Wenvoe. Was a ploughman at St Andrew’s before enlisting.
  • Arthur C Howells, Private 54118. Welsh Regiment 18th Bn. Died 23 November 1917. Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, France.
  • Victor David Jenkin, Private 19879. Royal Irish Fusiliers 3rd Bn. Died 28 October 1918 aged 32. Buried or commemorated at St Mary’s Churchyard Extension, Wenvoe. Son of Noah and Mary Ann Jenkin. Born in Wenvoe on 4 August 1886. Baptised at St Mary’s Church.
  • Robert Jones, Lance Corporal 11046. Died 27 October 1914. Welsh Regiment. Menin Gate Memorial. Lived in Wenvoe. Not named on Wenvoe war memorial.
  • John L Morgan, Private 73178. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 1914.
  • James Murray, Serjeant 23031. Welsh Regiment 16th Bn. Died 7 July 1916. Buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France. Son of Michael Murray and Margaret Lyon. Born and enlisted in Cardiff.
  • Radcliffe, William, Private 302547. Died 20 October 1918 aged 38. Manchester Regiment. Buried Belle Vue British Cemetery. Awarded Military Medal for his bravery on 27 September 1918 in using his Lewis gun to take out a German machine-gun crew which was holding up a British advance. Son of William and Cathrine Radcliffe; husband of Maria Radcliffe of 3 Tynewydd Road, Barry Dock, also of 87 High Street, Barry. William was born in Wenvoe. Not named on Wenvoe war memorial.
  • William George Seymour, Private 57058. Died 22/03/1918. Manchester Regiment. Arras Memorial. Born in Wenvoe. Son of George Seymour, of Pen Rhiw, Wenvoe.
  • William M Thomas, Private 32800. Welsh Regiment 18th Bn. Died 24 March 1918 aged 33. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. Son of William and Gwenllian Thomas, of The Tarrws, Wenvoe.
  • Cyril Williams. Son of John and Anne Williams of Twyn yr Odyn, Wenvoe. Baptised at St Mary's Church, Wenvoe on 17 April 1899.

 

 

 

Second World War

  • Henry Condick. Possibly: Edward Henry Condick, Serjeant 4192204. Royal Welch Fusiliers 6th Bn. Died 29 March 1945 aged 29. Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
  • Cyril George Dowler, Able Seaman D/JX 134883. Royal Navy – HM Submarine P33. Died 20 August 1941 aged 26. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Albert and Ada Mary Dowler, of Wenvoe. Not named on Wenvoe war memorial.
  • Peter Hughes
  • Harold George Jones, Sergeant 1316467. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 03 October 1943 aged 22. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Son of Arthur Llewellyn Jones and Alice Louisa Jones, of Wenvoe.