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TREGONING , WILLIAM EDWARD CECIL ( 1871 - 1957 ), industrialist ;

b. 17 Feb. 1871 , second son of John Simon Tregoning of Llanelli, Carms. and Sophia (née Morris , of Liverpool ) his wife. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College , Cambridge , before becoming a tinplate manufacturer and director of John S. Tregoning Co. Ltd. (one of the first tinplate firms, in Llanelli ), St. David's Tinplate Co. , Bynea Steel Works Ltd. , and other companies. He was a founder member and trustee of the Welsh Plate and Sheet Manufacturing Association , a member of the International Tinplate Association and of the National Food Canning Council before World War II . He devoted much of his time, gifts and money to the Church in Wales , being a member of the governing body and treasurer and chairman of St. David's Diocesan Board of Finance from 1923 . He retired in 1950 as J.P. for over 36 years, having been an outstanding chairman of the Llanelli magistrates court for many years.

In Oct. 1901 he m. Nancy , daughter of J. Beavan Phillips , and they had four sons and two daughters. He lived at Portiscliff , Ferryside , St. Ishmael, Carms. , and d. 9 March 1957 .


  • Iron and steel , 30, 1957 , 158;
  • Llanelly Star , 16 Mar. 1957 ;
  • 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