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