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TREFGARNE , GEORGE MORGAN , 1st BARON TREFGARNE of Cleddau (formerly GARRO-JONES , GEORGE MORGAN ; 1894 - 1960 ), barrister-at-law and politician ;

b. 14 Sept. 1894 at Zion Hill House , Trefgarn, Pembs. , son of David Garro-Jones , Congl. minister , and Sarah (née Griffiths ) . He was educated at Caterham School and served in the Denbighshire Yeomanry , 1913-14 , and in France with the 10th South Wales Borderers and Royal Flying Corps. , 1915-17 , becoming an honorary captain in the Royal Air Force . In 1918 he went to America as advisory officer to the U.S. Air Service , returning as private secretary to Sir Hamar Greenwood ( 1919-21 ). A versatile and vigorous man, he was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1923 and was at the same time London editor of the Daily Despatch , resigning after two years when he became M.P. (L.) for South Hackney , 1924-29 . In 1928 he went to Nigeria as a member of the Empire Parliamentary Delegation to inquire into trade conditions there. Late in 1929 he joined the Labour party (but rejoined the Liberals in 1958 ) and was the first Welshman to represent a Scottish constituency when he was elected M.P. (Lab.) for Aberdeen , 1935-45 . Meanwhile he commenced practice on the South Wales Circuit in 1939 . For three years he was parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Production , 1942-45 , and concurrently deputy chairman of the Radio Board , chairman of the Television Advisory Committee , 1946-49 , and chairman of the Colonial Development Corporation from its inception in 1947 , retiring in 1950 after the failure of the Gambia Egg Scheme . He was created a peer in 1947 . He published Jurisdiction of the railway rates tribunal ( 1922 ), and his war experiences in Ventures and visions ( 1935 ). He m., 9 May 1940 , Elizabeth Churchill , and had three sons and one daughter. He d. 27 Sept. 1960 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • Burke's … Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage (1970) ;
  • 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