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DAVIES , DAVID JOSHUA ( 1877 - 1945 ), dramatist ;

b. in Troedyrhiw , Llanwenog, Cards. , 26 Dec. 1877 , son of John Davies and Mary (née Evans ) his wife. He was educated in Mydroilyn elementary school and the tutorial school in New Quay . He almost lost his sight there, but after recuperating he became an apprentice in an ironmonger's store in Swansea . He returned to manage the co-operative store at Llannarth . In 1910 he took a smallholding and later a shop and post office in Pontrhyd-y-groes , where he spent the rest of his life. He held important offices in his denomination (Meth.) , and in the county council, where he became chairman of the education committee . He wrote a great deal to the local press on political topics, but his greatest distinction was to win the prize at the National Eisteddfod in Neath in 1918 for his very popular play Maes y Meillion . His play Owen Glyndŵr remains unpublished. He m. Annie Davies , New Quay , 6 Apr. 1904 , in St. Paul's Aberystwyth , and they had four children. He d. 8 Jan. 1945 , and was buried in New Quay .


  • Information from his daughter, Mrs. J. T. Owen ;
  • personal knowledge.


Gwilym Richard Tilsley, (1911-97), Prestatyn

Published date: 2001