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The Cathays Cemetery is one of the main cemeteries of Cardiff, Wales. It is in the Cathays district of the city, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Cardiff city centre. At 110 acres it is the third largest cemetery in the United Kingdom.
The cemetery was opened in 1859 and originally had two chapels: one Anglican and the other non-conformist, and each including its own porte-cochère. The cemetery has a Roman Catholic section, where a Roman Catholic chapel was built later.
In the Second World War, air raids damaged Cathays Cemetery with a number of bombs and an aerial mine.
In the 20th century all three chapels were neglected and in the 1980s the Roman Catholic one was demolished. Since 2008 the Anglican and non-conformist chapels have been undergoing restoration. The chapels, as well as the cemetery gateway and forecourt walls, are Grade II listed buildings.
The cemetery has a Commonwealth War Graves (CWGC) section, marked by a Cross of Sacrifice made to the standard design devised by Reginald Blomfield. The section was established in the First World War, when Cardiff's nearby main hospitals treated numerous servicemen who had been wounded in action, or who contracted influenza in the 1918–19 influenza pandemic.
The war graves section includes a number of graves of Australian and Canadian servicemen, one New Zealander who died while serving in the Royal Defence Corps, and one soldier of the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment. Also present in the grave of Jacques Vaillant de Guélis, a Special Operations Executive agent.
Elsewhere in the cemetery are numerous other Commonwealth War Graves from both the First and Second World Wars. The cemetery contains in all the graves of 685 service personnel that are registered and maintained by the CWGC.
- Robert Bird, Liberal Party politician
- Sir James Cory, 1st Baronet, shipowner and Conservative Party politician
- Jim Driscoll, boxer
- John Emlyn-Jones, shipowner and Liberal politician
- John Cuthbert Hedley, Roman Catholic bishop
- Archibald Hood, colliery owner
- Thomas Rowland Hughes, writer
- Hilary Marquand, Labour Party politician
- Sir William Henry Seager, shipowner and Liberal politician
- Frances Batty Shand, founder of Cardiff Institute for the Blind
- Sir William Reardon Smith, 1st Baronet, shipowner
- William Tatem, 1st Baron Glanely, shipowner
- Sir Tudor Thomas, ophthalmic surgeon
- Alfred Thomas, 1st Baron Pontypridd, Liberal politician
- Maurice Turnbull, Glamorgan and England cricketer
- Ernest Willows, aviation pioneer and airship builder
- Several Senghenydd Colliery Disaster victims
- John Humphrey England, founder of Edward England Potatoes.
- "Cardiff cemeteries are home to many stories". Wales Online. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "History of the Cemetery". The Friends of Cathays Cemetery. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- Cardiff Council 2006, p. 6.
-  CWGC Cemetery Report.
- "People Buried At The Cemetery". The Friends of Cathays Cemetery. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Bishop Hedley's Cathays Cemetery memorial restored and rededicated". BBC News. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
Sources and further reading
- Cathays Cemetery Cardiff on its 150th Anniversary. Cardiff: Friends of Cathays Cemetery. 2009.
- "Cathays Cemetery Heritage Trail" (pdf). Cardiff Council. 2006.
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- The Friends of Cathays Cemetery
- "Cathays Cemetery". Find a Cemetery. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- Ryall, Gemma (21 March 2013). "Commonwealth war graves: 8,000 Wales plots signposted". BBC News. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- Jones, Martyn. "Cathays Cemetery". Flickr. — photographs
- "Search Results: Cathays Cemetery". Geograph. — photographs