Graves

Every grave marks the life and death of someone with a unique story and none are more or less important than any other. This space is intended to record the stories of the lives of those interred at the graveyard irrespective of how they lived their lives. Please send us the life-stories you would like to share.

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There are five graves designated as war graves by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, with one the resting place of two brothers from the Hughes family. Due to the condition of the graveyard the deaths of these servicemen are also commemorated on a screen-wall in Cardiff Western Cemetery.

 

The location of one of the war graves, that of Sapper W. Jacobs (Royal Engineers) is yet to be confirmed. Identifying this grave will be a priority as the graveyard is cleared and access is gained to all graves.


The picture above show these graves:


  • Able Seaman J.H. Edwards of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died on 16th March 1920. The headstone has fallen, but is unbroken and its inscription is clear.
  • Stoker Petty Officer Albert Edward Williams of the Royal Navy who died at the  Haslar Naval Hospital Portsmouth on 13th March 1919.
  • Trumpeter Edward Llewellyn Hughes of the 2nd 1st Welsh Howitzer Battery, Royal Field Artillery, who died 24th December 1916. Corporal Brinley Clement Hughes of the Royal Field Artillery who died 30th October 1918.
  • Private Robert Dennis of the Welsh Regiment who died 16th March 1919.
  • A temporary Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial was installed on 21st March 2019 marking the grave of Sapper William Jacobs of the Royal Engineers. The original wooden memorial lies on the grave.  

Notable Graves

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William Lewis - "Lewys Afan"

Author of The Tinman's Companion. In the upper section of the graveyard, his grave monument is one of the more eye-cathing.

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Welsh bard Daniel Thomas - Pabellwyson

Poet and writer of children's hymn "Hof yw’r Iesu". Daniel's father, Thomas Thomas was amongst the chapel leaders in the 1850s and 1860s.


Daniel's headstone has fallen and is broken. The inscription on the upper section is visible and clearly shows reference to Daniel's wife, Margaret. The grave is located next to that of Daniel's and Margaret's children.

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American Civil War Veteran - David James

More to come on David James' history.