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MATHIAS , RONALD CAVILL ( 1912 - 1968 ), trade union leader ;

b. 21 Sept. 1912 at Pontarddulais, Glam. He was educated at Gowerton Grammar School . From 1924 until 1945 he worked as a clerk for the Richard Thomas Co. (later Richard Thomas and Baldwins, Ltd. ), iron and steel manufacturers in south Wales . In 1945 Mathias was appointed Merthyr and district organiser for the Transport and General Workers' Union . He became Cardiff district organiser , 1949-53 , and South Wales Regional Secretary from 1953 until his retirement in 1967 . In the same year he was appointed a full-time member of the National Board for Prices and Incomes . He held a number of public offices, among them Vice-Chairman of the Welsh Economic Council , secretary of the South Wales T.U.C. Advisory Committee , treasurer of the Welsh Council of Labour , and governor of the Welsh College for Advanced Technology , to name but a few. He became chairman of the Labour Party Wales in 1965 . Mathias published a number of articles in journals, and he was a popular lecturer on economic and industrial matters . He received the M.B.E. , in 1938 and the O.B.E. in 1967 . He m. in 1938 Annie Ceridwen Hall ; they had one daughter. He d. 15 Apr. 1968 at the beginning of a Mediterranean cruise and was buried at sea .


  • Who was who? ;
  • The Times ,
  • Western Mail and the The Liverpool Daily Post , 18 Apr. 1968 ;
  • The Biographical Index of W. W. Price, Aberdâr (at the National Library of Wales and Aberdare Public Library) .


Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001