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MERRETT , Sir HERBERT HENRY ( 1886 - 1959 ), industrialist .

Born 18 Dec. 1886 in the parish of Canton , Cardiff , s. of Lewis and Elizabeth Merrett . He m., 1911 , Marion Linda Higgins and they had two daughters and one s. He was educated at Cardiff ; was Justice of the Peace for the county of Glamorgan and was High Sheriff of Glamorgan 1934-35 . He was acknowledged a leading Welsh coal exporter of international repute whose career began in the Cardiff Docks with Cory Brothers ; he became chairman of Powell Duffryn, Ltd. In 1935-36 he was president of Cardiff Incorporated Chamber of Commerce , and president of the British Coal Exporters' Federation 1946-49 . His business and commercial associations within Europe were recognised by France with the award of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur , and he was knighted in 1950 . I fight for coal , which he published in 1932 , described his early skirmishes within the Welsh coal industry and his part in its troubled history.

In his 'teens he won a reputation as a footballer and played for the Cardiff Corinthians , a prestigious amateur soccer team, and he subsequently qualified as a referee . He was appointed chairman of the Cardiff City Association Football Club in 1939 and with one short break, and despite his business involvement, he remained chairman until 1957 . He was president of the Glamorgan County Cricket Club , chairman of the Post Office Advisory Committee for South Wales 1936 , and a member of the Court of Governors of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire . He d. 3 Oct. 1959 .

Sources:

  • Who was who?

Author:

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

Published date: 2001