Other members of this family claim notice. The eldest of the brothers, JOHN DAVIES (d. 13 Nov. 1888 ), founded a small shop in Cairo in 1886 and was soon joined by the second brother, Joseph Davies (below), and in 1888 by the third, EDWARD DAVIES (d. 1929 ). The firm prospered exceedingly, eventually owning large stores in Cairo and Alexandria , with branches in Port Said and Khartoum ; it was so widely trusted that Arabs would deposit large sums in gold with the firm, without any written security, rather than entrust them to the banks. The business was closed in 1934 .
The surviving brother, JOSEPH DAVIES (d. 1 March 1935 at Alexandria , aged 71), became a very prominent member of the British community in Egypt ; he was president ( 1923-4 ) of the British Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and, during the same period, president of the British community in Alexandria . A former student of University College, Aberystwyth , he became one of its most generous patrons , and in 1929 presented it with a site of some eighty-five acres on a hill above the town at a cost approaching £15,000, for new college buildings. The University of Wales conferred the honorary degree of LL.D. upon him in 1933 .
John 's letters to Y Genedl Gymreig , 1887 , were subsequently republished in book form with a biographical introduction by his brother Robert — O'r Aifft ( Wrexham , 1908 ). Joseph published a series of articles in The Bible in the World , 1931 .
Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959