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WILLIAMS , Sir WILLIAM RICHARD ( 1879 - 1961 ), railway traffic inspector ;

b. 18 March 1879 son of Thomas Williams and Elizabeth Agnes his wife, Pontypridd, Glam. He m., 8 Apr. 1902 , Mabel Escott Melluish but had no children. Known in railway circles as ‘ the man who achieved a schoolboy's ambition to run a railway ’, Sir William was educated in Cardiff and began his career with the Rhymney Railway Company in 1893 as a junior clerk . He was put in charge of the Traffic Department in 1905 , and his great opportunity came when, on the grouping of the railways to form the major companies' network in 1922 , he was appointed by the Great Western Railway as its Assistant Divisonal Superintendent at Cardiff . For his contribution to a lifetime of railway service in Wales and his civic service to Cardiff he received a knighthood in 1930 . A year later he retired. He entered local politics in 1913 when he was elected to the Cardiff City Council , and was deputy Lord Mayor 1921-22 . In 1928-29 he was Lord Mayor of the City of Cardiff and in 1954 was honoured with the Freedom of the City . He d. 28 June 1961 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? .

Author:

David Glanville Rosser, M.B.E., (1915-2001), Caernarfon

Published date: 2001