This year we are remembering the Grangetown men who died 100 years ago in the first great Battle of the Somme. It started in July but it carried on for months. Altogether, 33 men from this area were killed.On Monday, we are marking the centenary of the death of Harold Miller, who was 22. He was the son of a fishmonger and grocer living in Clive Street, and was brought up in Paget Street – the youngest of five surviving siblings.He became an apprentice watchmaker and jeweller and joined the Rifle Brigade soon after war was declared.
His battalion were sent to the Somme in 1916 and he was due to take part in an attack on Beaucourt on the early morning of November 14th. But at around midnight, at a place called Beaumont Hamel, there was a “hostile barrage” leaving 40 dead and wounded.Harold is buried in the same cemetery as his battalion chaplain, the Reverend Captain Ernest Trevor, a 30-year-old Yorkshireman, who also died that night.
More than 250 people from all over the Grangetown community attended this year’s Remembrance service at the war memorial in Grange Gardens.
Led by Father David Morris, the service included hymns, prayers for the bereaved and for reconciliation and the playing of the Last Post by members of the Grangetown Salvation Army Band.
There was a two minute’s silent tribute at 11am, where you could hear just birdsong. It was a beautiful day to be at a spot where local people have remembered those who have died since 1921.
A poem was read by Inspector Ian Randall of South Wales Police, while there were representatives of local organisations ranging from the scouts to St John Ambulance. Local representatives attending included Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty and councillors Tariq Awan, Ashley Govier and Lynda Thorne.
A long procession of people laid poppy wreaths and crosses at the memorial.
Grangetown Local History Society had a display afterwards from its World War One project in the Conservative Club.