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HAVARD , WILLIAM THOMAS ( 1889 - 1956 ), bishop ;

b. 23 Oct. 1889 at Neuadd Defynnog, Breckn. , 3rd son of William Havard , a deacon of Tabernacl (Congl.) chapel , Defynnog , and Gwen his wife. He was educated at Brecon county school ; University College of Wales , Aberystwyth (graduated B.A. 3rd-class honours in history, 1912 ); St. Michael's College , Llandaff ; Jesus College , Oxford ( M.A. , 1921 ). He was ord. deacon by John Owen ( DWB , 714-5) , Bishop of St. Davids in 1913 , and a priest in 1914 . He was curate of Llanelli , 1913-15 . Between 1915 and 1919 he was chaplain to the armed forces . He was mentioned in despatches , 1916 , and awarded the Military Cross , 1917 . He was chaplain of Jesus College , Oxford , 1919-21 , curate of Brecon , 1921-22 , vicar of St. Paul-at-Hook , 1922-24 , vicar of St. Luke , Battersea , 1924-28 , vicar of St. Mary's , Swansea , 1928-34 , canon in Brecon Cathedral , of East Gower , 1930-34 . He was consecrated Bishop of St. Asaph , Sept. 1934 , on the resignation of A.G. Edwards ( DWB , 184) . After 16 yrs. he was translated to St. David's in 1950 . He d. 17 Aug. 1956 and was buried at Brecon .

He was Select Preacher at St. Andrews University , 1943 , Canterbury, 1946 , and in 1951 he visited Yale University as special preacher and lecturer . He was chairman of the education council of the Church in Wales , visitor to St. David's College , Llandovery College , Trinity College , Carmarthen , and St. John's College , Ystrad Meurig . He was prominent in the religious education in schools movement . He encouraged greater co-operation between the Church in Wales and Nonconformist bodies. He had been brought up a Congregationalist and he was a member of Baker Street (Congl.) church , Aberystwyth , from 1908 to 1911 , and after graduating in the University College he was confirmed in the Church in Wales . He was a powerful preacher in Welsh and English and was often invited to preach at the services broadcast on the Sundays previous to the national eisteddfod .

He gained fame as a rugby player at Aberystwyth , and won his cap for Wales against New Zealand in 1919 , and he gained his rugby blue whilst at Oxford .

He m. in 1922 Florence Aimée Holmes , daughter of Joseph Holmes , Pen-y-fái , Llanelli , and they had 2 sons and 2 daughters.

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • Yr Haul , Oct. 1956 ;
  • Carmarthen Journal , 24 Aug. 1956 ;
  • information from the family.

Author:

Mary Gwendoline Ellis, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001