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SALTER DAVIES , ERNEST ( 1872 - 1955 ), educationalist ;

b. 25 Oct. 1872 , s. of Thomas Davies , minister (B) and president of the Baptist College , and his wife Emma Rebecca , Haverfordwest, Pembs. He attended Haverfordwest Grammar School and U.C.W., Aberystwyth and entered Jesus College , Oxford , as a classical scholar. He was for a long period a leading figure in educational administration and thought in England . He began his career as a teacher , first at Glasgow Academy , 1895-96 , then at Cheltenham Grammar School until he became an inspector for higher education in Kent in 1904 and rose to be director of education for that county in 1918 , a post he held with distinction until he retired in 1938 . In addition, he was educational adviser to the army in 1918 and to Maidstone prison from 1923 to 1938 and was elected president of several educational and library societies . His services were acknowledged when he was made a C.B.E. in 1932 and received an honorary M.A. degree of the University of Adelaide in 1937 .

Even after his retirement he remained active and influential in the field of education. He served as a member of the committee on Higher Agricultural Education for the Ministry of Agriculture in 1940 and the Central Council for School Broadcasting until 1948 , being chairman of the Rural Schools Committee . He also became chairman of many bodies including the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust ( 1946-51 ), of which he had been a life trustee since 1924 .

Among his publications are The Aim of Education ( National Adult School Union ); The Reorganisation of Education in England ( New Education Fellowship ); Education for Industry and for Life ; Technical Education ( The Schools of England ). He also edited Kenilworth and The Fortunes of Nigel by Scott for use in schools. As editor of The Journal of Education , the paper's respected reputation was upheld by him from 1939 to within a few months of his death at the age of 83.

He m., 1900 , Evelyn May Lile (d. 1951 ) of Tenby and they had two sons. He d. 10 June 1955 at his home in 13 Chichester Road , East Croydon , Surrey .


  • Who was who? ;
  • The Times , 11 June 1955 , l0f.


Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001