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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