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

Name: Alfred Thomas Davies
Date of birth: 1861
Date of death: 1949
Parent: William Davies
Gender: Male
Occupation: the first Permanent Secretary (1907-25) of the Welsh Department of the Board of Education
Area of activity: Education; Public and Social Service, Civil Administration
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born 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 died 21 April 1949 at Brighton.

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Published date: 2001

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