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JONES-DAVIES , HENRY ( 1870 - 1955 ), farmer and pioneer of agricultural co-operation ;

b. 2 Jan. 1870 , only son of Thomas and Elizabeth Davies , Bremenda , Llanarthne, Carms. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School , Carmarthen , and in addition to farming he began at an early age to take a keen interest in public life. He was the first chairman of Llanarthne parish council , and at the age of 22 he was elected a member of Carmarthenshire County Council , becoming chairman of the council in 1902 and later chairman of the education committee . In 1908 he became County Land Agent for Carmarthenshire , and in the same year he became a Justice of the Peace for the county, and later chairman of Carmarthen County Petty Sessions .

But, without doubt, Jones-Davies 's most significant contribution was as a pioneer of agricultural co-operation in Wales . In 1902 , during his period as chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council , he acted as secretary of a deputation representing the three west Wales counties which went to Ireland to study agricultural co-operation organisations which had already been established there. Following that visit a Carmarthen Farmers’ Co-operative Society was formed in 1903 , of which he became the first secretary , and he soon became a prominent figure in the Agricultural Co-operative Society . He became a governor of that society in 1912 , and continued to represent Wales at the society's headquarters until the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society became an independent body in 1922 . He was a life member of the W.A.O.S. and served as a Vice-president for a number of years and later as President from 1946-53 . He was a member of the Development Commission for Wales from 1910-36 , and it was largely for his services in that capacity that he was made a C.B.E. in 1936 . He represented the Commission on the executive committee of the Irish A.O.S. from 1914-21 .

In 1903 Jones-Davies married Winifred Anna , youngest daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Ellis , Cynlas , Cefnddwysarn , Bala , and sister of Thomas Edward Ellis ( DWB , 214) , and they settled at Glyneiddan , Nantgaredig, Carms. There were two sons and one daughter of the marriage, the elder son being Dr. T.E. Jones-Davies ( 1906 - 1960 ; see below ). Henry Jones-Davies died 16 June 1955 and was buried at Nantgaredig .


  • Who was who? , 1951-60 ;
  • Elwyn R. Thomas , Farmers Together Golden Jubilee Volume of the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society (Aberystwyth, 1972) (1972) , 46-8;
  • personal knowledge.


Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001