At the beginning of World War I Davies was appointed advisor on enemy activities in neutral countries and on the high seas . He moved to the Board of Trade where he dealt with trading with the enemy. He held the post of secretary to the president of the Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty division , 1918-19 , and secretary to the Master of the Rolls , 1919-23 . His experience in these posts together with his ready and favourable advice proved of great use to the Library authorities in obtaining the deposit of Welsh wills and the records of the Courts of Great Session at the National Library of Wales during the 1920 s. From 1919 to 1925 he was a junior counsel to the Treasury and became a K.C. in 1926 . He held the post of chairman of the Montgomeryshire Quarter Sessions from 1935 until his death. He was on the Board of Unilever 1930-41 and later acted as an adviser to the Board .
In 1929 Davies was elected Liberal M.P. for Montgomeryshire and he represented the county for the rest of his life. He joined the National Liberals in 1931 but rejoined the Liberal Party in 1941 . During World War II he was a strong supporter of the coalition Government. He was leader of the Liberal Party from 1945 to 1956 . He was zealous in his support for liberty and social justice. Davies was elected an honorary fellow of Trinity Hall in 1950 and a bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1953 . He was also made a freeman of Welshpool in 1955 and given an honorary LL.D. by the University of Wales in the same year. He d. on 23 March 1962 in London and he was buried in the graveyard at Meifod Church.
In 1913 he m. Jano Elizabeth (d. 27 Dec. 1969 ), the adopted daughter of Morgan Davies , a doctor with a popular practice among the London Welsh and who contributed frequently, under the pseudonym ‘ Teryll y Bannau ’, to Welsh newspapers. Clement and Jano Davies had three sons and a daughter; they lost three of the children, each at the age of twenty-four; a son and the daughter died in accidents; only one son survived. Jano Davies was a fine public speaker and she was of considerable assistance to her husband in his political career. She was the youngest head teacher of her time in London .
Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001