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THOMAS , JAMES PURDON LEWES ( 1903 - 1960 ), VISCOUNT CILCENNIN , M.P. ;

b. 13 Oct. 1903 , the son of J. Lewes Thomas , Cae-glas , Llandeilo, Carms. , and his wife Anne Louisa (née Purdon ) . He was educated at Rugby School and Oriel College , Oxford . He was a candidate (C) for the Llanelli division in the general election 1929 , but received little support; he was elected M.P. for the Hereford division in 1931 and kept his seat until 1955 . He was parliamentary private secretary in a number of ministries, 1930-40 , and was Lord Commissioner of the Treasury , 1940-43 ; Financial Secretary to the Admiralty 1943-45 ; and First Lord of the Admiralty , 1951-56 . He was vice-chairman of the Conservative and Unionist Party , 1945-51 , and chairman of the Governing Body of Rugby School , 1958 . He was elevated Viscount Cilcennin in 1955 and knighted (K.St.J.) in 1958 . His book Admiralty House, Whitehall was published three months after his death on 13 July 1960 when his title lapsed.

Sources:

  • Who was who? .

Author:

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

Published date: 2001