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THOMAS , WILLIAM ( 1891 - 1958 ), under-secretary, Ministry of Housing and Local Government ;

b. 27 Nov. 1891 , son of James and Catherine Thomas , Cymer , Rhondda, Glam. He was educated at Porth Secondary School and the University College at Cardiff where he graduated B.Sc. in 1911 and was demonstrator in physics there for a while. During World War I he served with the South Lancashire Regiment , and was on the General Staff (Intelligence) of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force . He was called to the bar at Inner Temple , 1928 . He had joined the Civil Service in 1914 , and eventually became a member of the Welsh Board of Health , 1945-51 , and under-secretary in charge of the Welsh Office of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in Cardiff , 1951-54 , when he retired. He contributed articles to Y Fflam , 1947 , and the Welsh column of The Western Mail (e.g. 25 Nov. 1954 ) and was one of the editors of Bro , 1954 . In 1925 he m. Mary Olwen Davies , Ynyshir , Rhondda and moved from Cymer in 1938 to 27 Maesycoed Road , The Heath , Cardiff . He d. 20 Apr. 1958 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • The Biographical Index of W.W. Price, Aberdâr (at the National Library of Wales and Aberdare Public Library) .

Author:

Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001