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ROCH , WALTER FRANCIS ( 1880 - 1965 ), politician and landowner ;

b. 20 Jan. 1880 , the second s. of William Francis Roch , J.P. , Butter Hill, Pemb. (he d. 1889 ) and Emily Catherine (she d. 1938 ), the second dau. of Walter R.H. Powell , Maesgwynne , Llanboidy, Carm. , M.P. (Lib.) for Carmarthenshire , 1880-85 , and West Carmarthenshire , 1885-89 . He was educated at Harrow . In 1908 , at 28 yrs of age, he was elected M.P. (Lib.) for Pembrokeshire , and continued to represent the constituency in parliament until 1918 . He had also become a barrister at the Middle Temple in 1913 . Although he remained on the back benches, he was a prominent member of the Liberal governments, and in 1917 was chosen a member of the Royal Commission on the Dardanelles Campaign . He was mentioned as a possible future Prime Minister, but he chose to support Asquith rather than Lloyd George , a decision which put an end to his political career. Roch was the author of Mr. Lloyd George and the War ( 1920 ). In 1934 he was appointed J.P. for Monmouthshire .

He m. in 1911 the Hon. Fflorens Mary Ursula Herbert , the only dau. of Sir Ivor Herbert , M.P. for South Monmouthshire , 1906-17 , and the first and last Baron Treowen . Roch and his wife spent the last 25 yrs of his life at Tŷ Nant , Llanarth , Raglan, Mon. , presiding over their estates at Llanarth and Llanover . He d. 3 May 1965 .


  • Who was who? ;
  • Who's who in Wales (1921) and (1933);
  • The Times , 5, 13 and 19 May 1965;
  • Dod's Parliamentary Companion ;
  • W. R. Williams , The parliamentary history of the principality of Wales, from the earliest times to the present day, 1541-1895 comprising lists of the representatives, chronologically arranged under counties, with biographical and genealogical notices of the members, together with particulars of the various contested elections, double returns and petitions , Breconshire, 1895 (1895) ;
  • 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