Cardigan People 22: Goronwy Moelwyn-Hughes MP (1897–1955)

Goronwy Moelwyn-Hughes was born in Priory St* on 6 October 1897 the eldest son of the Revd J. G. Moelwyn-Hughes (1866–1944) who was the minister at Tabernacle Chapel. He attended the local schools before heading for UCW Aberystwyth. During WW1 he served with the West Yorkshire regiment, was wounded , transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and served as a pilot (1917–19). He then returned to Aberystwyth, graduated as BA, entered Downing College, Cambridge where he obtained first-class honours in the law tripos. He was called to the bar in 1922. He fought two unsuccessful general elections for the Liberals in the Rhondda in Nov 1934 and Cardiganshire in 1935. He was the elected unopposed at a by-election in Carmarthen in March 1941, a seat he held until 1945. He was then returned as Labour MP for North Islington in 1950 but retired due to ill health in 1951.

He was appointed as a commissioner for inquiry on to the Burnden Park, Bolton football disaster in 1946, when 33 spectators were crushed by the pressure of numbers. He recommended that football grounds be made subject to safety licensing.

*[Llwyn Onn according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, but according to 1901 Census Finch’s Sq. The family were living at Glasynys, Priory St. in 1911 (census)]

He frequently returned to Cardigan to visit his parents. Here is an interesting (silent) film he made of his visit in 1933.

2 thoughts on “Cardigan People 22: Goronwy Moelwyn-Hughes MP (1897–1955)

  1. To the website editor
    I’ve only just found your website today when a friend Des Thompson called and we went through it by phone while looking at our laptops. It’s great. Also thank you for including my book ‘West Wales through the lens of Harry Squibbs’.
    I still have loads of the photographs and postcards my Grandpa Harold Squibbs took and notice you have already included some. If you think I can help with more let me know.
    With regards to WW2 I have photographs and accounts of two of my Grandpa’s sons that you may like to include. These are of:
    – Squadron Leader Arthur Squibbs in his Lancaster bomber
    – Vivian Squibbs, an officer in the Navy Reserve who was awarded medals for saving a life at sea and very luckily survived his runs in the Atlantic Crossing convoys. He, like his Dad was trained as a photographer as well and I’m currently sorting through his hundreds of negatives and photographs.
    Trusting you keep well at this tricky time
    Pam Fudge, (nee Squibbs)


    1. Dear Pam Thank you for your kind words. The site is a bit of a mish-mash and very much a ‘work in progress’. The current project is ‘Cardigan People’. I have names of c. 20,000 people relating to the town – from census and other sources. Then I thought it would be nice to try and look for photos of as many as possible (before we all forget). Current photos = 350+. So a long way to go. But I have certainly come across many ‘famous and worthy’ people from Cardigan that I had no idea existed. I would be more than pleased to include mention of Arthur and Vivian Squibbs (who had the shop on the High St?). I would be grateful for any photos of Cardigan of course especially with (or without) named individuals. Have you any more books forthcoming? Keep safe. William Howells (I think we’ve corresponded re: Saturday Night at the Black)!


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