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WILLIAMS , DAVID JOHN ( 1886 - 1950 ), schoolmaster and author ;

b. at Corris 22 Aug. 1886 , s. of H. Williams (‘ Ap Idris ’) and Sarah , his wife. Educated at Corris Board School , Towyn County School , Hull Municipal Training College ( 1913-15 ), ‘ D.J. ’ started teaching at Corris as monitor , afterwards pupil-teacher . He taught as Uncertificated Assistant at Newbridge (Mon.) 1905-08 , Uncertificated Head at Cwm Abergeirw ( 1908-10 ), Bronaber ( 1910-13 ), as Qualified Assistant at Corwen ( 1919 ), as Qualified Head at Llawrybetws ( 1919-20 ), Llandderfel ( 1920-31 ), Llanbedr ( 1931-48 ). He retired 31 Aug. 1948 . He m. Lena Williams of Llanuwchllyn in 1922 . He d. suddenly at a meeting of Mer. Educ. Committee at Dolgellau 1 Feb. 1950 and was buried at Llanuwchllyn 4 Feb. 1950 .

He published a large number of books for use in schools , such as Cyfres Chwedl a Chân (6 vols.); Llyfrau Ysgrifennu Cymraeg (6 vols.) He also made a comprehensive collection of books for children. He was co-editor of Meirionnydd , a magazine for the Merioneth branch of Urdd Gobaith Cymru ; founder and editor of Hwyl , a Welsh comic for children. He won several prizes for literary work in the national eisteddfod , and he was a member of the Eisteddfod Council.

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales (1937) ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

John Lloyd, M.A. (1885-1964), Llanbedr, Meirion

Published date: 2001