He was a leading figure in all aspects of life among the London Welsh , serving as joint secretary of the London national eisteddfod in 1909 , and secretary of the Welsh Presbyterian Church in Falmouth Rd . He worked hard for Urdd Gobaith Cymru in the capital, and gave talks on the radio , as well as popular lectures. He was editor of Our Notebook , the staff magazine of United Dairies, Ltd. ( 1920-39 ); and, with John Williams ( 1872 - 1944 ; see below) , he was joint editor ( 1926-38 ) of the London-Welsh periodical Y Ddolen , to which he contributed articles under the nom de plume ‘ Tafwys ’, ‘ A way farer ’, and ‘ Hafren ’. After returning to Wales he was elected treasurer ( 1941 ) and president ( 1944-45 ) of Undeb Cymru Fydd . He was one of the pioneers and a founding member both of the Caernarfonshire and of the Denbighshire Historical Societies ( 1925-50 ). His main contribution was as secretary of the National Eisteddfod Association in 1935-36 , and as joint secretary ( 1937-47 ) with Cynan (see Sir Cynan Albert Evans Jones below ) after its amalgamation with the Gorsedd of Bards . It was his indomitable spirit that ensured the continuance of the Eisteddfod throughout difficult war years. It was he, too, who ensured — despite the shortage of paper — the publication of the monthly magazine Cofion Cymru ( 1941-46 ), as well as the six presentation books ( 1943-46 ) which were distributed free among Welsh men and women in the forces, and which were greatly appreciated by them (see D.R. Hughes MSS at N.L.W. ). In 1943 he received an hon. M.A. degree of the University of Wales in recognition of his work.
He m., 4 Apr. 1903 , Maggie Ellis of London , and they had three daughters. He d. 29 Aug. 1953 , and was buried in Bronynant cemetery .
Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001