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JONES , Sir WILLIAM ( 1888 - 1961 ), administrator and politician ;

b. 27 June 1888 , the son of Hugh and Mary Jones of Gellifor in the Clwyd valley, Denbs. He was educated in schools at Llanrwst and Denbigh , and began his career as a clerk in a solicitor's office . Jones became a solicitor himself in 1922 , and was appointed to a post within the Denbighshire County Council . He served as Clerk of the Peace and as Clerk to the County Council from 1930 until 1949 . He came to much prominence as Secretary to the Conference of Welsh Councils which discussed the Report of the Welsh Church Commissioners . In 1942 he became a member of the Advisory Council for Post-War Reconstruction in Wales and Monmouthshire , and from 1942 until 1945 he served as the Regional Controller for South Wales of the Ministry of Fuel and Power . He was also a part-time director of the Wales Gas Board , 1948-59 , and a part-time director of the South Western Regional Coal Board from 1949 . In the same year he served as a member of the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment . In 1952 Jones was appointed chairman of two influential sub-committees of the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire (committees responsible for government administration and for re-development in Wales ), and he collaborated effectively with Huw T. Edwards (see above) . He resigned from the Council in 1959 as a protest against the appointment of Henry Brooke , Minister for Welsh Affairs , as its chairman .

Jones was considered one of the most distinguished administrators in Welsh local government . He was a native Welsh speaker, a member of the Council of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , and he served as a member of the Council and the Executive Committee of the National Eisteddfod . He received the C.B.E. in 1941 , and was knighted in 1949 .

He m. (1) in 1917 Charlotte Maud , dau. of Jos. Dykins . She d. in 1932 . He m. (2) Ellen , dau. of Henry Bennett of Llanychan in 1942 . He had two daughters. He d. 7 June 1961 at Hafod , Ruthin .


  • Who was who? ;
  • Who's who in Wales (1937) ;
  • The Times , 9 June 1961 , 20b;
  • Western Mail , 22 July 1942 ;
  • The Biographical Index of W. W. Price, Aberdâr (at the National Library of Wales and Aberdare Public Library) .


Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001