In 1922 he retired from the ministry to devote himself to the cause of international peace . He joined with ( Lord ) David Davies (see above) in creating the Welsh council of the League of Nations Union with its headquarters at Aberystwyth ; he was its director , 1922-45 . Conferences were held annually ( 1922-39 ) at Gregynog on international education until the collapse of the League of Nations . During World War II the Welsh Education Committee under his direction was asked to draft a model constitution for an international education organisation. The draft submitted by Gwilym Davies greatly influenced the creation of UNESCO . He is probably remembered best for initiating in 1922 the peace message of the youth of Wales to the youth of the world which is now broadcast annually on 18 May . By chance he became the first person to broadcast in Welsh — on St. David's Day 1923 . He made good use of radio, the cinema and the press. Many important articles by him appeared in The Welsh Outlook , Yr Efrydydd , and Y Drysorfa ; some of the Welsh ones were collected in Y Byd Ddoe a Heddiw ( 1938 ). His article in Y Drysorfa , 1942 , on the Welsh Nationalist Party aroused considerable controversy. Other publications include International Education in the Schools of Wales and Monmouthshire ( 1926 ), The Ordeal of Geneva ( 1933 ), Intellectual co-operation between the Wars ( 1943 ), and The Gregynog Conferences on International Education 1922-37 ( 1952 ), as well as the annual reports of the Welsh national council of the League of Nations Union , 1923-39 , and of the United Nations Association , 1943-46 . He was appointed a C.B.E. in 1948 , and the university of Wales conferred an honorary degree of LL.D. upon him in 1954 .
He suffered from ill-health ever since his student days. He spent much of his life in Cardiff and Geneva , and his work took him to all parts of the world. On 24 Jan. 1942 he m. (2) Mary Elizabeth Ellis , Dolgellau (the second woman to be appointed an inspector of schools in Wales ; she was granted permission to marry and to retain her post till 1943 ). They lived in 8 Marine Terrace , Aberystwyth . He d. 29 Jan. 1955 and his ashes were scattered at Lavernock Point , Penarth , where the first radio messages had been exchanged across water.
Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001