Cardiff Municipal Secondary School, later known as Howard Gardens High School for Boys, was located at Howard Gardens, Adamsdown, Cardiff.
On the outbreak of the First World War, the Headteacher of Cardiff Municipal Secondary School, William Dyche, contacted his former pupils asking them to keep in touch so that he could collate details of their contribution to the war effort. Several old boys did just that, and continued to correspond with William Dyche throughout the war. William Dyche kept these letters, which now form part of the School’s records held at Glamorgan Archives. They provide a first-hand account of the war time experiences of young men from Cardiff.
Volunteer Rosemary Nicholson has undertaken research on the Old Boys who wrote to William Dyche, tracing their military service and, for those who survived, their lives after the war. Rosemary has kindly gifted a copy of her research to the Archives, and has given us permission to share it on our website.
The first document traces those old boys who wrote to William Dyche in 1914-1919 and whose letters survive at the Archives under refs. EHGSEC/11/6, 7, 53 and 55.
EHGSEC-11 Combined Letters – Word
EHGSEC-11 Combined Letters – PDF
The second document traces the commissioned old boys included in the Provisional List of Masters and Old Boys serving with HM Forces in the Great War, 1916 (ref. EHGSEC/11/8).
EHGSEC-11-8 Old Boys – Commissions – Word
EHGSEC-11-8 Old Boys – Commissions – PDF
And the third traces the non-commissioned old boys featured in the same document.
EHGSEC-11-8 Old Boys Non Commissions – Word
EHGSEC-11-8 Old Boys Non Commissions – PDF