In 1920 he joined the administrative department of the Civil Service and by 1937 was an assistant secretary . He was private secretary to three successive Secretaries of State in the War Office , Viscounts Hailsham and Halifax and Duff Cooper . He spent the year 1936 at the Imperial Defence College . In 1937 he went to India to take charge of defence expenditure there. He was called back to London in 1939 as Deputy Under-Secretary to the Air Ministry , and in 1940 was appointed first Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Aircraft Production . Much of the praise for the success of that work during World War II is due largely to his inexhaustible energy and incisiveness. In Sept. 1941 he was on the Beaverbrook and Harriman mission to Moscow . In 1943 he was chosen to advise the Viceroy , Lord Wavell , on military arrangements in India faced with war against Japan . Following the famine in Bengal he was appointed chairman of the enquiry into the administration of the province . He won the admiration of the Indians . In 1945 he was appointed a financial member of the Governor's Working Party . He played a prominent part in the arrangement which led to the end of imperial government . In 1946 he was made Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Supply , but for the last five months of 1947 he was on his third visit to India , this time as financial and economic adviser to Quaid-i-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah , the Governor-General of Pakistan . This was another indication of the Indians ’ trust in his organising ability. The fruit of the advice he gave was seen in the centralisation of government in Karachi , though he foresaw that problems could arise in east Bengal . Until his retirement at sixty years of age in 1953 he was a member of the Economic Planning Board . He was regarded as the most brilliant and most constructive of his generation in Whitehall . When he retired from his posts he was invited by Beaverbrook to join the Board of the Express newspapers .
He had a strong and attractive personality. Though he was a hard worker himself who expected the same commitment from his assistants, he was loyal to them to the end. He was an easy person to warm to, without guile and a respecter of traditional ideals. He had no patience with impoliteness, ingratitude, niggardliness or taking unfair advantage; he was an interesting and humorous companion. His colleagues saw a poetic streak in him and an eloquence, they thought, that related to his Welsh background. He was made president of the Welsh Society in New Delhi . He was made K.C.B. in 1941 and G.C.B. in 1947 .
He was m. in Swansea on 15 Sept. 1920 to Constance May Phillips , one of his college contemporaries and daughter of Phillip Walter Phillips , Controller of the port of Swansea . They were childless. He d. of a stroke at his home in Henley-on-Thames on 18 Aug. 1953 , before realising his intention of retiring to the vicinity of Llangadog , his ancestral home. There he had hoped to tend his garden, to renew his relationships with his old friends in Welsh Wales, and find nourishment for his soul. Had his wish been realised he would, no doubt, have thrown himself into the national struggle alongside his old college friend, D.J. Williams (see below) .
Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001