A new World Rugby Memorial dedicated to all players who died in the First World War was unveiled in Craonnelle, Aisne, France in September 2017. The Memorial was created and donated by the former French rugby international Jean-Pierre Rives, who is now an acclaimed sculptor. In association with this, a Book of Remembrance is being compiled and it will be available on-line shortly. I have been helping the memorial organiser John Dennison with some of the names, including those of men from Cardiff RFC and other clubs from the Cardiff area.
Unfortunately, there are no players’ names recorded on the Cardiff RFC war memorial; and any club records which may have identified them were probably lost in the flood in 1960. During the course of my research, I have so far identified twenty-three Cardiff RFC First XV and Reserve XV players, though there must be many others. However, I have submitted details of these men for inclusion in the Book of Remembrance and it will be possible to add further names as they become available.
The details of First XV appearances shown here have been taken from D E Davies’ club history.
Cardiff RFC Roll of Honour
Geoffrey Nepean Biggs. (1 game 1906/7).
Also Bath, United Services, Royal Navy and Somerset. Lieutenant Commander HM Submarine E30 Royal Navy. Killed in action 22 November 1916. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Alan Thompson Watt Boswell. (Reserves).
Also University College Cardiff. Played amateur soccer and hockey for Wales. Second Lieutenant 108 Squadron Royal Air Force. Killed in action 2 October 1918. Commemorated Arras Flying Services Memorial, France.
James Arthur Balfour Carson (Jimmy). (27 games 1911/12).
Also Blackheath , London Irish and Ulster. Captain Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Air Force as a dental surgeon. Died 9 August 1918. Buried Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. .
Charles Bernard Davies. (9 games 1913/14).
Also Llandovery College, Swansea, Caerphilly and Glamorgan. Lieutenant 3rd Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action 9 June 1916. Buried Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, France.
John Robert Collard Dunn. (Reserves).
Also Old Monktonians (later renamed Glamorgan Wanderers) and London Welsh. Second Lieutenant 5th Bn. Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 20 August 1915. Commemorated Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.
William Setten Goff (Bill). (34 games 1912/13 – 1913/14).
Also Exeter, Swansea and Devon. Lieutenant 7th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Military Cross. Killed in action 22 April 1918. Buried Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
George Thomas Harben. (Reserves).
Also Court Road School (Grangetown) and Welsh Schoolboys. Private 8th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 August 1915. Buried Voormezele Enclosure No. 3 Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium.
Fred Hine. (44 games 1898/9 – 1902/3).
Also Cardiff Romilly. Corporal 1st Aircraft Depot Royal Air Force. Died of pneumonia 9 February 1919. Buried Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.
Gwilym Jones. (5 games 1908/9).
Also London Welsh, Neath and Pontypridd. Lieutenant 8th Bn. Lincoln Regiment. Killed in action 10 September 1918. Buried Hermies Hill British Cemetery, France
Nicholas Kehoe (Nick). (Reserves).
Also Pontypridd. Private 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 26 October 1914. Buried Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.
Augustus Lewis (Gus). (32 games 1910/11 – 1913/14).
Also Grangetown. Lance Corporal 7th Bn. Royal West Kent Regiment. Died of wounds received on the Somme 22 July 1916. Buried Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.
Harold Alfred Llewellyn. (Reserves).
Also Cheltenham College, Clifton and Cardiff Roxburgh. Lieutenant 8th Bn. South Wales Borderers. Died accidentally 14 June 1916. Buried Sarigol Military Cemetery, Salonika, Greece.
William McIntyre. (81 games 1897/8 – 1903/4).
Private 2nd Bn. Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 18 July 1916. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, France.
Frederick William Ovenden. (1 game 1901/2).
Also Old Monktonians (later renamed Glamorgan Wanderers). Private 72nd Bn. Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 3 February 1917. Buried Villers Station Cemetery, France.
Owen Jenkins. (Reserves).
Also University College Cardiff, Gowerton, Swansea and Abertillery. Lance Corporal 15th Company, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 5 September 1916. Buried Delville Wood Cemetery, France.
William Jenkin Richards. (Reserves).
Also Old Monktonians (later renamed Glamorgan Wanderers). Captain 16th Bn. Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 27 August 1917. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Richard Thomas (Dick). (1 game 1904/5).
Also Penygraig, Mountain Ash, Bridgend, Glamorgan Police, Glamorgan and Wales. Company Sergeant Major 16th Bn. Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 7 July 1916. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, France.
Alfred Titt. (1 game 1913/14).
Also Cardiff Reserves cap 1913-14. Lance Corporal 16th Bn. Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 7 July 1916. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, France.
David Westacott (Dai). (120 games 1903/4 to 1909/10).
Also Grange Stars, Penarth, Glamorgan and Wales. Private 2/6th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 28 August 1917. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
George Stanley Williams (Stanley). (10 games 1912/13 – 1913/14).
Also Bridgend, Lieutenant 14th Bn. Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 20 October 1918. Buried Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, France.
John Lewis Williams (Johnny). (199 games 1903/4 -1910-11).
Also Whitchurch, Newport, London Welsh, Glamorgan, Wales and Great Britain (Anglo-Welsh). Inductee World Rugby Hall of Fame. Captain 16th Bn. Welsh Regiment. Died of wounds 12 July 1916. Buried Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Walter Kent Williams. (20 games 1881/2 – 1884/5).
Also Cardiff Collegiate Proprietary School and London Welsh. Engineer-Captain HMS Bulwark Royal Navy. Killed 26 November 1914. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Walter Young. (2 games 1906/7).
Sergeant 2nd Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1916. Buried Struma Military Cemetery, Salonika, Greece.
Gwyn Prescott 11 November 2017