Though his formal education had been but slight, when he saw the need for popular literature in Welsh he resolved to meet the demand. In the preface to his second novel he drew attention to the reaction of young readers to the lack of Welsh novels which led them to prefer popular English novels. He saw the novel as the most effective means of winning them back to read Welsh . His first novel Derwyn , 1924 , attracted many readers. It was followed by Serch Gwalia , 1925 , Merch y castell , 1928 , and Llwybr y merthyr , 1935 . He published two comedies, Ffordd Sera Parri and Gŵr Betsan Huws , and a play, Y Clwyf , depicting the devastating effect of World War I upon a particular family. A large number of performances of his comedies were produced in all parts of Wales .
He had a passion for reform in Wales . He was one of the leaders of the I.L.P. in his district. He reacted against the system which made Welsh a language of religion and chapel and enthroned English as the language of education and trade. He insisted on speaking Welsh in the shops of Wrexham which had adopted the new fashion. He dedicated his first novel to E.T. John , M.P. ( DWB ., 440) in recognition of ‘ his zeal and efforts for Wales ’.
For many years he was a Sunday school teacher of a class of young men at Salem , Coed-poeth . He taught those pupils to detest all wars, and inspired many of them with his vision of a more just world.
He m. (1) Elizabeth Roberts , of Nant , Coed-poeth , who d. in 1906 ; and (2) Elizabeth Hughes of Blaenau Ffestiniog . He d. 1 Aug. 1948 , at the age of 77, and was buried in the Coed-poeth public cemetery.
Reverend Derwyn Morris Jones, Swansea
Published date: 2001