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DAVIES , THOMAS HUWS ( 1882 - 1940 ), secretary to the Commissioners of Church Temporalities in Wales, littérateur and collector of books ;

b. at Pen-uwch, Cards. , 20 April 1882 , and brought up by his grandmother, an old lady of strong character. From Pen-uwch board school neighbours assisted him to Tregaron county school , whence he won an exhibition to the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , where he studied chemistry and mathematics . His thoughts of entering the ministry did not materialize, though for some years he was well known as a lay preacher with the Welsh Presbyterians . In 1906 he became assistant secretary to the Royal Commission on the Welsh Church ; from 1911-14 he was private secretary to the Home Secretary ( Reginald McKenna ); and from 1914 till his death was secretary to the Commissioners of Church Temporalities in Wales .

His interests lay in literature, books, and politics. Davies was an eloquent speaker and an attractive writer; he contributed articles on literature and politics to the Welsh and English press, several memorial articles to the Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , and ‘ Some recent Welsh literature and the limitations of realism ’ to Cymm. , xxvii; he edited Y Wawr (a London-Welsh journal), 1905-6 , and Llawlyfr Cymdeithas Ceredigion Llundain , 1934-9 ; for some years he was editor of The Welsh Outlook , to which he contributed numerous articles.

Davies m., 1913 , Alice Wall of Oswestry . He d. in London , March 1940 .

Sources:

  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1940 , 13-29.

Author:

Sir John Lias Cecil Cecil-Williams, Ll.D., (1892-1964), London

Published date: 1959