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SAYCE , GEORGE ETHELBERT ( 1875 - 1953 ), journalist and newspaper proprietor ;

b. in Llangua, Mon. , Christmas Day 1875 , s. of George Sayce and his wife Athel (née Miles ) . He was trained in journalism and pursued literary and commercial studies at King's College , London , gaining experience as a journalist between 1898 and 1914 chiefly in Yorkshire , where he became editor of The York Observer , The Thirsk and District News , and also The Yorkshire Chronicle for a while. In 1914 he acquired the Brecon and Radnor Express and the Radnor Express and took over the Brecon County Times in 1933 , incorporating it in the Brecon and Radnor Express & County Times . He was director of several commercial companies and was one of the founders of Builth Chamber of Trade . He took a prominent part in local government , being chairman of Builth urban district council and chairman of the Wye Valley Development Association . He did much to promote tourism and support games, especially golf . He also took an active interest in local hospitals and St. John's Ambulance as well as in elementary and higher education , being a member of the courts of the university colleges at Aberystwyth and Swansea . He was the first president of the North Breconshire Agricultural Society and became chairman of the Brecon and Radnor Liberal Association . He served twice as High Sheriff of Brecknockshire (in 1940-41 and 1947-48 ) and was Justice of the Peace ( 1932-50 ). To commemorate the end of World War II he donated a stained glass window to St. Mary's Church . He published his mother's poetry ( Poems by Athel Sayce ) in 1915 ; Guide to Llandrindod Wells , Day with the blind , and Rambles in Yorkshire .

In 1901 he m. (1) Eleanor Richards (d. 1910 ) and they had a son and three daughters. He m. (2), in 1914 , May Walsh and they had a son and daughter. His last years were spent in Pontrilas where he d. 7 Oct. 1953 and was buried at Kenderchurch , Herefordshire .


  • Who's who? , 1941 ;
  • The Brecon and Radnor Express , 15 Oct. 1953 .


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

Published date: 2001