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VAUGHAN , WILLIAM HUBERT ( 1894 - 1959 ), railway guard and chairman of the Welsh Land Settlement Society ;

b. 21 Mar. 1894 , son of Henry Charles and Catherine Vaughan , Rogerstone, Mon. He was educated at the Eastern School , Port Talbot , and, like his father and two brothers, was employed on the railway , where he served for 51 years, 34 of them as a guard . He became a well respected figure who undertook a remarkable variety of public voluntary work . He was a member of Port Talbot borough council , 1927-48 , served as mayor of Port Talbot , 1941 , became a J.P. in 1949 and was Deputy Lieutenant for Glamorganshire , 1957 . He took an active interest in politics , serving as secretary to the Aberavon Constituency Labour Party from 1934 till his death. From 1939 he became a member of the Glamorgan Agricultural Executive , and was a member of the Welsh National Forestry Committee from 1945 . In 1948 he was appointed a forestry commissioner , and as a member for Wales he did much towards the ambitious planting scheme in which he saw great hope for the country. As a member of the National Parks Commission from 1952 he became a prime mover in designating the Brecon Beacons an area of outstanding natural beauty. He was elected chairman of the Welsh Land Settlement Society Ltd. in 1953 ; he was appointed to the Welsh Advisory Council of the B.B.C. in 1957 , and was a member of Milford Haven Conservancy Board , 1958 , and of the Glamorgan River Board . He contributed many articles to national periodicals, and Trades Union and political journals . For service in both World Wars he was awarded several medals , and was appointed C.B.E. in 1958 for his public service. In 1921 he m. May Bishop , they had one daughter and resided in Wood Street , Taibach , and later at Groeswen Ganol , Port Talbot . He d. suddenly at Paddington Station , 17 Apr. 1959 , on his way to attend a meeting of the Forestry Commission .


  • Who was who? ;
  • The Times , 20 and 22 Apr. 1959 .


Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001