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.

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 (except that to the lower right) show these graves:

  • Top left:  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.
  • Bottom left: Stoker Petty Officer Albert Edward Williams of the Royal Navy who died at the  Haslar Naval Hospital Portsmouth on 13th March 1919.
  • Centre: 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.
  • Top right: Private Robert Dennis of the Welsh Regiment who died 16th March 1919.
  • The photo shows the area where we suspect Sapper W. Jacobs is buried but to date we have been unable to locate his grave.

Notable Graves

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.

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.

American Civil War Veteran - David James

More to come on David James' history.