Cardigan People 15: Arthur Morris; H. H. Evans; Ivor Rees; Charles Mason; Fred Lewis

Arthur Morris (1908–1937)

Cardigan Man Dies Fighting for Spanish Government
Arthur David Morris grew up at Claverley, 2 Gordon Terrace, the son of Arthur Owen and Martha Jane (nee Wigley) and worked as an apprentice at James’ ironmongery at Pendre. In 1929, at the age of 21, he emigrated to Canada. He served in the army for two and half years before he eventually settled in Blairmore, Alberta, where he worked as a miner. He joined the Communist Party of Canada in 1933.
Arthur Morris left Canada in 1936 to enrol in the International Lenin School in Moscow. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War the students of the Lenin School departed for Spain, and Arthur made his own way across Europe sending postcards home from Warsaw, Paris and Perpignan. He crossed into Spain and joined the American contingent who were forming the Abraham Lincoln battalion at Albacete, midway between Madrid and Valencia.
The battle that raged in the Jarama Valley to the south of Madrid in February 1937 was one of the most ferocious of the war with the Fascists deploying German artillery.

In February 1937, at the age of 29 Arthur Morris met his death in the olive groves of the Jarama Valley, south of Madrid.
In May 1937 news of Arthur’s death finally reached his mother and made front page headlines of the Tivyside Advertiser, competing for space with the Coronation; ‘Killed in Spain –Cardigan Man Dies Fighting for Spanish Government’. His mother described him as a “beautiful boy, always fighting for what he thought to be right”.

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Henry Harries Evans (1872–14.05.1916, aged 45 yrs.)

A native of Solva, he moved to Cardigan when he was 20 years old. He was a bootmaker by trade. His workshop was in 8 St. Mary’s St. He was an excellent music teacher and conducted the Cardigan Choral Society for many years. He was also an accomplished artist in oil and watercolour. He composed a number of hymn-tunes for the local Singing Festivals e.g. Ar ei ben bo’r goron (1913); Cyfaill plant bychain (1909); Dewi (1914); Felinganol (1913); Induna (1913); Strathmore (1915); Ynys Dewi (1914). He disagreed with the decision to postpone the 1915 Cymanfa Ganu and strangely was buried on the very day that it was originally arranged to be held.

Ivor Rees (1935–84)

A native of St Dogmaels. Lived in Charlton House, North Rd. Local postman, and a keen sportsman – golf, snooker, football, and cross-country running. He played left back and was captain for Cardigan Town FC during its most successful period.

Charles Alfred William Mason (1900–82)

Born in Westminster. Fought with the 13th Royal Fusiliers during WW1. Joined the staff of the British Museum in 1922. Moved to Cardigan in 1956 with his wife Frances. They kept a second-hand bookshop at the Royal Oak, 1 Quay St.

Frederick David Lewis (d. Jan. 1983)

A native of Llandrindod Wells. Came to Cardigan in 1929. Amateur actor, Town Councillor, and mayor in 1952–3. A keen fisherman he kept a fishing tackle shop in Pendre. Accomplished golfer and excellent billiard player.

Cardigan People 9: Margaret Skinner; Dr Dan Rees; William Roberts; David M. Palmer; David J. Parry

Margaret Skinner (d. Nov. 1911)

Ran the Sailor’s Home, 4 Pendre with her husband Richard Leonard. Member of Tabernacl (MC)

Dr Dan Rees, headmaster (d. 1938)

A native of Llandysul, he was educated at Gwilym Marles School, and William James school, Llandysul.  Unitarian; Carmarthen Presbyterian College under Principal Evans; Aberystwyth College for 1 year where BA degree 1st divis (London). London Univ MA Classics. Oxford – awarded Hibbert Scholarship which he carried to Berlin and Leipsig, where he took his Doctorate in Philosophy and Celtic. Finally he went to Paris where he studied for six months at the Sorbonne. Appointed in 1897–1932; Married Elizabeth M Davies eldest daughter of Rev John Davies, Shrewsbury and had 1 son. Headmaster of Cardigan County School for 36 years. After his retirement he moved to Hastings. He had been unwell for some time, and on medical advice decided to take a holiday in Sicily. Whilst on the train at Lyon, in France he passed away. His wife was with him at the time. His remains were cremated in France.

 ‘Dr Dan Rees was not in the roll of common men. There was a distinction about hm which could not but impress all with whom he came in contact. He had that elusive thing called personality…

The schoolroom was his dukedom and here he wielded a daily influence the value of which it is impossible to estimate.’ editorial CTA 11.3.1938

William Roberts (1862–1912), author of the hymn-tune Bryngogarth

Born on 1 Oct. 1862 at 21 Castle St. Of frail physique; apprenticed as a carpenter but later a shop-keeper at the top of Bridge St. Learnt the rudiments of music from Benjamin Lewis, Blaenannerch. Violinist and harpist. Composed many hymn tunes for children. Died at age of 50. Buried at Blaenffos. Composed the famous hymn-tune Bryngogarth, named after the house of his minister Revd John Williams, Bethania, in Napier St.

Bryngogarth

David Morgan Palmer, headmaster (d. 17 May 1917, aged 84 yrs.)

A native of Llanfallteg. ‘For many years ran the Collegiate School very successfully, and afterwards became for a brief period headmaster of the newly started Intermediate School.’ J W James

David John Parry, Netpool (1907–1976)

Clerk at the local Ministry of Labour in Pendre.