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JONES , GARETH RICHARD VAUGHAN ( 1905 - 1935 ), linguist and journalist ;

b. 13 Aug. 1905 , son of Edgar and Gwen Jones , Barry, Glam. He was educated at Barry County School (of which his father was headmaster ), Aberystwyth College (first class hons. French ), Trinity College , Cambridge (Modern Languages Tripos I and II, first class hons. French , German , Russian ). In 1930 , he became foreign affairs secretary to David Lloyd George . From 1931 to 1933 he was engaged on three enquiries, (1) in the U.S.A. on economic trends, (2) in Italy on relief measures in the Pontine Marshes , (3) in Soviet Russia on conditions of living. He joined the staff of the Western Mail in 1933 , and in 1934 began a round-the-world-tour. After a hazardous journey through mid-China , he was murdered by bandits in Inner Mongolia on 12 Aug. 1935 . A University of Wales Memorial travelling scholarship was raised by public subscription. His In Search of News was published posthumously.

Personal acquaintance.


Reverend Gwilym Davies, C.B.E., M.A., Ll.D., (1880-1955), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959