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TOMLEY , JOHN EDWARD ( 1874 - 1951 ), solicitor ;

b. 3 Feb. 1874 son of Robert Tomley and Esther (née Weaver ) , Montgomery . He was educated at Montgomery and Shrewsbury ; he was articled to Charles S. Pryce , former town clerk at Montgomery , obtaining honours in the solicitors’ final examination in 1901 , and became a member of the local firm of Pryce, Tomley and Pryce . He served as clerk to numerous public administrative bodies in Montgomeryshire and Shropshire . In 1950 he was president of the Association of Clerks to the Executive Councils of Wales . He was an active member of many bodies associated with public health and insurance , e.g., a member of the governors, council and various committees of the Welsh National Memorial Association which was concerned with the prevention, treatment and abolition of tuberculosis . He took a prominent part in the inauguration of the Association of Welsh Insurance Committees , later becoming its president . He was also a member of the governing body of the Church in Wales . He was appointed a C.B.E. in 1920 . His diverse interests are reflected in his published works: Place names ( c. 1891 ), Forms of religious worship , The old age pensions act , The Castle of Montgomery ( 1923 ), The de-rating act ( 1928 ), and various statistical articles.

He m., 7 May 1902 , Edith Florence Soley and had one son and two daughters. He lived at the Hollies , Montgomery , when he d. 14 June 1951 .


  • Who's who in Wales (1937) ;
  • Who was who? ;
  • The Biographical Index of W. W. Price, Aberdâr (at the National Library of Wales and Aberdare Public Library) .


Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001