Cardigan People 10: James Thomas; Mrs James Thomas; Leonard V. D. Owen; Revd Griffith Davies; Elizabeth Tattersall

James Thomas ‘Jim Commercial’ (b. 30.06.1879)

Licensee of the Commercial, Pendre for many years. Town Councillor, mayor in 1953.

Mrs James Thomas

Wife of James, licensee of the Commercial, Pendre.

Leonard V. D. Owen (1888–1952)

Born in Lion Terrace. Professor of History at Nottingham University. He was educated at Llandovery School and Keeble College Oxford, where he gained a first class honours degree in Modern History in 1911. Won the Stanhope Prize at Oxford. During the First World War, he served as captain in the 5th Battalion of the Oxford and Bucks Light infantry. He lectured at Bangor and Sheffield University before joining University College Nottingham in 1920 to become Professor of History. He was honorary president of University College’s History Society, a member of the Council of the Pipe Roll Society and a member of the Lincoln Record Society. Retired from the University of Nottingham in 1951. He had an interest in local history, was joint editor of the Thoroton Society of Notts, and wrote articles on a number of the manuscript sources. His published monographs include ‘The connection between England and Burgundy during the first half of the fifteenth century’ (1909). ‘England and the Low Countries 1405-1413’ in English Historical Review (1913).  With R.L. Archer and A.E. Chapman, ‘The teaching of history in elementary schools’ (1916).

His brother David died during WWI and his name appears on the town Cenotaph.

Revd Griffith Thomas (d.20.05.1876)

Native of Llantood. Vicar of Cardigan.

Elizabeth Tattersall (d.11.07.1933, aged 76 yrs.)

Teacher at the Secondary School.