Whitchurch & Llandaff North
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CHARLES BURLEY WARD

Seargeant Major Charles Burley Ward, born 10 July 1877, was decorated with the Victoria Cross at Windsor Castle on 15 December 1900, his was the last VC to be presented by Queen Victoria. Charles Ward is buried in St. Mary's Churchyard, Whitchurch.
Citation in Londaon Gazatte on 28 September 1900 reads: On 26th June 1900 at Lindley, a piquet of the Yorkshire Light Infantry was surrounded by 3 sides by about 500 boers at close quarters. The two officers were wounded and all but six of the men killed or wounded. Pte Ward then volunteered to take a message asking for reinforcements to the signalling station about 150 yards in the rear of the post. He got across untouched through a storm of shots  from each flank and, having delivered the message, he returned  to his post and to assure to his CO that the message had been sent. On this occasion he was severely wounded.
THE MAN WHO DIED OF A BROKEN HEART
Newspaper article from 15 November 1957
This is the story of Bert King, of Cardiff, the man who died of a broken heart. Bert had one interest in life, The Melingriffith Tinplate Works.  He was born there and worked there for 40 years and rose to become works manager.  But the works will soon die. And Bert has died too.  The news that the Melingriffith was to go, struck Mr. King, of St. Angela Rd, Heath, a hard blow. But cheery , soft spoken Bert watched the workers start to dismantle the machinery without complaining.  Only when he got home at night did he tell his wife, Freda, how much the place meant to him, how unhappy he was to see it doomed...On Wednesday, he paid his usual visit to his daughter, Mrs Joan Platt, at her Court Rd, Cardiff, home. He sat down, passed a word on the weather...and never spoke a again. When Mrs Platt touched him, she found her father was dead. Doing her best to supress her sobbing. Mrs Platt told last night of her father's last days. 'He was dreadfully upset that the works were closing down'. He was born there, his father was caretaker in a cottage on the grounds which is now the gatekeepers lodge.  'And the old place meant everything to him. He was heart broken at the closure news'. Yesterday a post mortem was held to determine the cause of Mr. King's death. The findings will be announced. Last night, Mr. Emrys Pride, Cardiff consulting engineer who was a fellow member with Mr. King on the City Productivity Committee, said: 'Mr. King was a genial, hard working man. Always ready with a happy word and always with a good scheme to overcome one of the committees difficulties.

MICHAEL OWEN (CABINET MAKER)

I remember 'Mike the Carpenter' as we used to call him as kids, he used to have a carpentry workshop near the Atas Express depot on Ty Mawr Road and was there for many years.  When Atlas Express was knocked down to make way for the Melingriffith housing estate and the new wide Ty Mawr Road, Mike's workshop was also knocked down, however, a new workhsop was re-built for him, it is still there and located near the Melingrifffith Water Wheel. Mike's work as you can see in the picture was exceptional and I have heard that much of his work was exported to other countries around the world.  Mike died at the age of 84 in 2009. 

WHITCHURCH HOSPITAL NURSE'S PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY c1950's

Nurses prize giving at Whitchurch Hospital c1950’s.  Front Row, Far Right: Jean Williams, Front Row, Middle: Miss O'Shaughnessy and Middle Row, Second Left: Matron Rowenna Rees. 

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Jim Higgins of Copplestone Road, Llandaff North c.1950.  Jim worked on the Taff Vale Railway from 1899 to 1951.  He retired as a ganger and worked on the signals and telegraph systems on thw valleys' lines. For his fifty years of hard work he was awarded a pension of 1 shilling a week.
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