Among his public gifts were £100,000 to the Welsh National school of Medicine , over £20,000 for the endowment of beds at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary , £5,000 to the Welsh National Memorial Anti-tuberculosis fund , £2,500 to the Welsh National Hospital for the treatment of wounded in World War I , and several thousand for other hospitals at Newport , Porth and Cardiff and for various religious causes.
He was knighted in 1914 and created baronet five years later. He was a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for Glamorgan , High Sheriff in 1936 and member of the county council for many years. He became a Freeman of Cardiff in 1915 , was awarded the honorary degree LL.D. by the University of Wales in 1931 , and elected vice-president of the University College , Cardiff , in 1931 .
He remained a member of Saron Welsh (Congl.) church , Ynyshir even after his removal to Cardiff . He m. in 1917 Maud Mary , eldest dau. of George Cooper , of Bexhill-on-Sea and deputy matron of Cardiff Royal Infirmary . Sir William d. 3 Jan. 1945 and was buried at the Cardiff Cemetery .
Owen Picton Davies, (1882-1970), Cardiff / Bangor
Published date: 2001