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LEWIS , HENRY GETHIN ( 1872 - 1945 ), merchant and financier ;

b. 5 Apr. 1872 at Pontlotyn, Glam. , s. of James and Margaret Lewis . He went to Lewis School , Pengam , and later entered the office of an uncle who was at the head of the Bute Works Supply Co. , Cardiff . He served here for 21 years, becoming a partner and, when the business was formed into a limited liability company, a director and its secretary . He compiled a series of tables which were published at Abergavenny in 1899 under the title of Redemption hire, deferred purchase, and easy payment tables ; these were adopted as a standard by the Wagon Building and Financing Corporation . In 1911 he founded the firm of Henry G. Lewis and Co., Ltd. , rolling-stock proprietors , and during World War I he supplied the Admiralty with wagons for coaling the Fleet . At the close of hostilities he was one of the largest wagon-hirers in Britain . His generosity kept pace with his success. In 1927 he bought the former residence of George Davidson , Wernfawr , Harlech , and presented it to the founders of Coleg Harlech . He also bought and gave to N.L.W. the E.C. Quiggin Celtic collection. He was High Sheriff of Glamorgan , 1920-21 , a governor and treasurer of the University College , Cardiff , a governor and councillor of the N.L.W. , and treasurer of the National Eisteddfod Association . In 1928 the University of Wales conferred on him the degree of LL.D. He m. in 1897 , Ann , dau. of Jenkin Llewellyn of Penarth ; they had eight children. Their home for many years was at Porthkerry , Barry , where Lewis d. on 9 Feb. 1945 .

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Thomas Jones, C.H., M.A., Ll.D., (1870-1955), Aberystwyth / Birchington, Kent

Published date: 2001