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DAVIES , Sir ALFRED THOMAS , C.B. ( 1861 - 1949 ), the first Permanent Secretary (1907-25) of the Welsh Department of the Board of Education ;

b. 11 March 1861 at Liverpool , son of William Davies , silk mercer ; educated there and at the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , he practised as a solicitor at Liverpool , 1883-1907 , specialising in licensing law , and playing a prominent part in the temperance campaign in the city. He also served as secretary of various educational committees and trusts , and was from 1904 to 1907 a member of the Denbighshire County Council and its Education Committee . After his retirement from the Board, though he lived in England , he continued to interest himself in Welsh matters, founding the Ceiriog Memorial Institute at Glyn Ceiriog , and publishing (in addition to numerous pamphlets) two biographical volumes: O.M. (a memoir of Sir Owen M. Edwards ; 1946 ) and The Lloyd George I knew ( 1948 ). He was knighted in 1918 , and was Dep. Lieutenant for Denbighshire and Buckinghamshire . Davies m. twice, and had three sons and a daughter. He d. 21 Apr. 1949 at Brighton .


  • Who was who? , 1941-50;
  • The Times , 23 Apr. 1949 .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 2001