Cardiff is considered to be the oldest Watch Ashore Branch. There is some discrepancy as to the date of its formation as the early Minute Books and papers were destroyed in the bombing of Cardiff. Correspondence and early minutes of the National organisation in this collection indicate that the Branch was formed in 1933. The 21st anniversary dinner party took place in February 1956. During the Second World War knitting parties were held and members visited Royal Hamadriad and Glan Ely Hospitals with gifts of fruit, cigarettes and notepaper. In 1947 the Branch provided Christmas parties with over 100 children aged 4 to 14 attending at the Grand Hotel, Cardiff. Father Christmas would either be played by the Lord Mayor, his Deputy or a Master Mariner whose ship was in dock. The members were able to participate in card parties, dances and functions. The Branch also presented a Cup to the Cadets at the Richardson Smith Nautical College at Cardiff.
In 1974 the Branch nearly came to a close due to the retirement of its chairman and an aging membership. However an appeal by the local newspaper inviting people to a Cheese and Wine party generated new interest and members which allowed the Branch to continue. Cardiff hosted the Golden Jubilee celebrations of The Watch Ashore. The 1988 history (U DWA/1/4/2) shows that the membership stood at 11 with meetings being held in members' homes.
We currently hold no individual records for this branch.