TRUMP AND CLINTON – TWO NAMES WHICH RESONATE IN PENARTH

It's all over now. Trump beat Clinton - but the names of both candidates have a resonance in Penarth

It’s all over now. Trump beat Clinton – but the names of both candidates have a resonance in Penarth

The American presidential election has invoked two names which both have a familiar ring in Penarth  – “Clinton”  and “Trump”.

Although US President-Elect Donald Trump makes much of his mother Mary MacLeod’s Scottish ancestry, his “Trump” surname  comes from his father’s family.Frederick Christ Trump (Donald Trump’s grandfather) emigrated to the USA from Germany in 1885. He began his career running the “Arctic Restaurant and Hotel” in Bennett, British Columbia, during the Klondike gold rush and established a small construction business. When Frederick Christ Trump died in the world-wide influenza epidemic of 1918, his 13-year-old son Frederick Trump  left school to work in the business. Frederick married Mary MacLeod Trump and their son Donald John Trump – now President-Elect –  was born in Queens, New York on June 14, 1946.

PENARTH’S “TRUMP”

Penarth’s  ‘Trump’ is Frederick Joseph Trump, whose name is inscribed on Penarth’s War Memorial in Alexandra Park.

The inscription on Penarth's War Memorial says simply "F Trump"

The inscription on Penarth’s War Memorial says simply “F Trump”

Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Joseph Trump DSO was born in 1873 in Nant-y-glo , Rhymney, the son of the manager of the local iron works Henry Valentine Trump and his wife Mary.

The register recording the baptism of one of Penarth's many distinguished war heroes Lt Col Frederick Joseph Trump DSO

The register recording the baptism of one of Penarth’s many distinguished war heroes Lt Col Frederick Joseph Trump DSO who was born in Nant-y-glo in 1873

Frederick Joseph Trump took a different career path from his father and – rather than become involved in running an iron works –  qualified as professional mining engineer .

The 1911 Census return for Frederick Joseph Trump in Penarth

The 1911 Census return for Frederick Joseph Trump in 108 Stanwell Road, Penarth

By 1911, aged 38 and still single,  he had settled in Penarth and was living at 108 Stanwell Road, Penarth with his widowed mother Mary – now aged 60 .The only other member of the household was a live-in servant Gwenllian Davies.

When the First World War began, Frederick Trump enlisted in the Monmouthshire Regiment and rose swiftly through the ranks . He was promoted to Captain on July 1st  1915 and – with the death-rate of young officers running a high-levels – was promoted to “Temporary Lieutenant Colonel” shortly afterwards. He was awarded the DSO.

Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Joseph Trump was killed in action on December 2nd 1917 at the age of 45 and is buried at Sailly-Labourse, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

Whether there’s a family connection between Penarth’s Frederick Joseph Trump and the United States President-elect Donald John Trump has yet to be established – but it will be the former, and his fallen comrades in arms, who will be commemorated at this weekend’s Remembrance ceremonies .

PENARTH’S “CLINTON”

Clinton Road, Penarth. The "Clinton" name dates back to the 13th century

Clinton Road, Penarth. The “Clinton” peerage dates back to the 13th century

Local historian Alan Thorne is an expert on local place names.

Local historian Alan Thorne is an expert on local place names.

Meanwhile the distinguished local historian Alan Thorne has been delving into the derivation of  the “Clinton” in Clinton Road.

Mr Thorne  – the foremost authority on the history of Penarth – has now  established how it is that Clinton Road (which runs from Westbourne Road to Victoria Road) came to be called that.

He says that in 1876  the scion of the Windsor family – George Herbert Windsor-Clive – (who was MP for Ludlow – the family seat)  married Gertrude Albertine Trefusis.

Gertrude was the daughter of Charles Rodolph Trefusis, the 19th Baron Clinton- a peerage which dates back to 1298.

She died in April 1878. Windsor-Clive remained a widower until his death in April 1918.

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7 Responses to TRUMP AND CLINTON – TWO NAMES WHICH RESONATE IN PENARTH

  1. Jo Nixon says:

    Can we get a Trump Road? Preferably parallel and longer that Clinton Road . Very topical indeed.

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  2. Frank Evans says:

    Excellent news to wake up this morning to!
    I hope the ruling classes take this and brexit as a wake up call that the majority can no longer be ignored. The main street media and the polling organisations seem completely out of touch.
    I hope carwyn Jones will send his congratulations on behalf of the people of Wales.

  3. Ann Other says:

    Brilliant and successful attempt to find the local angle! Can’t have been easy.

  4. Mgg says:

    Nice work

  5. AK says:

    Also Trump’s cafe at the bottom end of Bute Street has been there for many years.

    No photo of POTUS elect in it today – a missed marketing opportunity.

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