In answer to a question asked in LCH Newsletter No. 5, Robert Protheroe Jones has replied with this explanation.
LCH newsletter no.5 enquired whether the inclusion of addresses in memorial inscriptions in Box Cemetery was unusual.
This practice reflects the large numbers of people sharing a limited range of both surnames and forenames in Wales. Throughout Wales, it became commonplace for families to be distinguished by farm or cottage names on nineteenth and twentieth century memorial inscriptions. This practice became prevalent when communities grew in size to the point where confusion was likely between individuals sharing the same forenames and the same surnames. For this reason, the practice of including addresses on memorial inscriptions generally arose at an earlier date in larger cemeteries serving considerable populations than it did in smaller cemeteries serving smaller communities.
In smaller cemeteries elsewhere in the Llanelli area, mid nineteenth century memorial inscriptions often state 'o'r lle hwn' (of this place) or 'o'r plwyf hwn' (of this parish) for people that lived close to the church or chapel concerned, but give locational qualifiers for people that lived further away. This reflected the continued loyalty of people to their place of worship even though a change of their place of employment may have caused them to move some distance away. Craftsmen, tradesmen and shopkeepers were sometimes distinguished on memorial inscriptions. This may have sometimes been a matter of personal pride and status but in other cases may have reflected how they were distinguished in everyday speech.
Examples in Box Cemetery include a ships captain, draper, shopkeeper, rollerman. At least one inscription stated not only the deceased's trade but also where he was employed: 'engineman, Old Castle' - the date suggests Old Castle Tinplate Works instead of the rather earlier Old Castle Colliery, but whether he drove a locomotive or whether he was in charge of a stationary engine is unclear. The memorial to the former caretaker of Box cemetery recorded the long number of number of years that he had tended the cemetery. One aspect at Box Cemetery that seems unusual is that around 1% of inscriptions in the later nineteenth century state not just the street name but also give a house number. It is unclear whether such locational precision was commonplace in other large Welsh cemeteries.