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ROBERTS , Sir ERNEST HANDFORTH GOODMAN ( 1890 - 1969 ), judge ;

b. in Pen-y-ffordd, Flints. , 20 Apr. 1890 , the only son of Hugh Goodman Roberts and his wife Elizabeth (née Lewis ) . He was educated at Malvern College and Trinity College , Oxford ; he was president of the Oxford Union in 1914 . During World War I he served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and rose to the rank of captain . He served in Palestine . He was mentioned in despatches and was an officer in the military court . In the meantime he was called to the Bar ( 1916 ). He contested the Flintshire seat for the Conservatives in 1923 and won it in 1924 , continuing as an M.P. until 1929 . He was knighted in 1936 and was the Chief Justice of the High Court in Rangoon from that year until 1948 . The following year he was made a King's Counsellor and was an Assize commissioner in a number of circuits eighteen times between 1949-55 , and deputy chairman of Flintshire Quarter Sessions until 1961 . He was a member of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales , 1916-36 and 1947-59 , and chancellor of the dioceses of Bangor , 1947-59 , and Chelmsford , 1950-69 . He published Principles of the law of contract ( 1923 ). He was unmarried and d. 14 Feb. 1969 at his London home.

Sources:

  • Who was who? .

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001