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JONES-DAVIES , THOMAS ELLIS ( 1906 - 1960 ), doctor and international rugby player ;

b. 4 March 1906 , elder son of Henry and Winifred Anna Jones-Davies , Bremenda , Llanarthne, Carms. (see above) . He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School , Carmarthen , St. George's School , Harpenden , Gonville and Caius College , Cambridge and St. George's Hospital , London . He was awarded the degrees of M.A. and M.D. (Cantab.) , and F.R.C.P. and D.P.H. (London) . After serving for some time as an assistant medical officer to London County Council he was appointed medical officer of health for Radnorshire in 1938 . During World War II he served as an officer in the R.A.M.C. , and later was appointed a consultant physician , primarily as a heart specialist , at the West Wales Hospital , Carmarthen , a position he held for ten years until his death.

An all-round sportsman , he represented his hospital at rugby , tennis , cricket , and hockey , but it was as a centre three-quarter rugby player that he was best known. A Cambridge ‘Blue ’, he played rugby for Llanelli , London Welsh , United Hospitals , Middlesex , and the Barbarians . He was selected to play for Wales on a number of occasions. He was also a member of the British touring team which toured New Zealand and Australia in 1930 .

Like his father Dr. Jones-Davies played a prominent part in public life . He served as High Sheriff of Carmarthenshire in 1952-53 , and was also a Deputy-Lieutenant and a Justice of the Peace for the county. For a number of years he was president of the Carmarthen Divisional Liberal Association and of the county branch of the British Legion .

In 1938 Dr Jones-Davies married Nesta , only daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Hector Jones , Maesteg , and there was one son of the marriage. T.E. Jones-Davies died 25 August 1960 .


  • Carmarthen Journal , 2 Sept. 1960 ;
  • personal knowledge.


Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001