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LLEWELYN , WILLIAM CRAVEN ( 1892 - 1966 ), colliery owner, companies director, agriculturalist and specialist in forestry ;

b. 4 June 1892 in Clydach , Swansea Valley, Glam. , son of T. David Llewelyn . He m. Doris Mary Bell in 1932 . There were no children of the marriage. He was educated at Arnold College , Swansea , and the Technical College , Swansea , and subsequently graduated at the University College of North Wales , Bangor . Initially he was particularly interested in a mining career and to this end studied mining privately under J. Henry Davies , but he then incorporated forestry and timber into his specialist studies and entered government service . In 1918-19 he was the Forest Statistical Officer in the Home-Grown Timber Department of the Board of Trade . In this capacity he travelled extensively around the world, investigating timber regions in Central America , Central Europe and also Russia . In the immediate post World War I period he reverted to his coal interests and engaged in colliery and timber undertakings . He widened his business activities to take in brick manufacturing , and also agricultural pursuits , and on the political side took a more active part in local Liberal Party affairs. He fought in two Parliamentary elections as Liberal candidate , in Chester in 1923 and Crewe in 1929 . He was president of the Swansea Chamber of Commerce in 1944-45 and was appointed High Sheriff for Brecknockshire in the same year. Among his other public activities he was president of the Swansea Town Association Football Club and a member of the Farmers’ Union of Wales . He compiled two important works in connection with forestry in Wales , Afforestation of Wales ( 1915 ) and Forest soils of Wales ( 1917 ). He d. 4 Jan. 1966 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? .

Author:

David Glanville Rosser, M.B.E., (1915-2001), Caernarfon

Published date: 2001