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JONES , GWILYM CLEATON ( 1875 - 1961 ), bank manager in Cape Town and Johannesburg ;

b. 25 March 1875 in Llanrug, Caerns. , the second son of John Eiddon Jones ( DWB , 485) and Sarah Jones . His father was a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Wales . He supported D. Lloyd George and in a letter of sympathy which the statesman sent to his widow from the National Liberal Club dated 16 Oct. 1903 , he acknowledged that it was Eiddon Jones who had first asked him to stand in an election for the Caernarfon boroughs . Cleaton Jones was educated at Bala grammar school . He succeeded in the introductory examination of the Incorporated Law Society of England and Wales in 1889 . By 1893 he had started working with Williams Company , Old Bank, Chester . He emigrated to South Africa ( Cape Colony at the time) in Nov. 1902 , soon after the death of his elder brother, Eiddon Rhys , of whom he thought highly. He joined the National Bank of South Africa, Ltd. He was promoted accountant and manager of the Cape Town office and later moved to a similar post in Johannesburg . When he retired on 25 Mar. 1936 he was the general assistant manager for South Africa in the Dominion, Colonial and Overseas Department of Barclays Bank . In July 1940 the Governor General appointed him honorary national treasurer of the National War Fund . He was also manager of the Heynes Mathew Co., Ltd. from 1937 until 1958 . He acted as honorary treasurer of the Cape Western Regional Committee South African Institute of Race Relations . On the strength of his ability as an administrator as well as his legal knowledge, he was invited to serve on a sub-committee called to form a constitution for the Institute of Bankers of South Africa . He became a member of council of that body. He was a warm-hearted Welshman and a leading member of Johannesburg , Pretoria and Cape Town Welsh Societies . He was also prominent within the Methodist Church as a Sunday school superintendent , teacher , elder , secretary and president of the Welsh church in Cape Town . He displayed the same commitment in Johannesburg . He preached in Welsh and he supported the Cape Town eisteddfod from the outset. He was admitted to the Gorsedd of Bards under the name ‘ Ab Eiddon ’ in the national eisteddfod at Denbigh in 1939 and was one of the vice-presidents of the Hon. Soc. of Cymmrodorion . His youngest brother was John David Rheinallt Jones (see below) , and he was an ardent admirer of his efforts as director of the South African Institute of Race Relations . He had four sisters. He m. (1) Esther Anne Davies , Llandeilo ; one son and four daughters were born to them. Their son died in Alexandria , Egypt , in 1941 where he was serving as a captain in the Transvaal Scottish Regiment . After his wife's death in 1940 he m. (2) Mrs. Alice Lilian Williams , Johannesburg . Cleaton Jones died in Cape Town 30 Sept. 1961 and was cremated.

Sources:

  • Information from his daughter, Mrs. Mair Lubynski, Camps Bay, Cape Town .

Author:

Gwilym Arthur Jones, (1925-98), Bangor

Published date: 2001