Sir Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams

Born 20 October 1865 the eldest son of Judge Gwilym Williams.

He went to Eton in 1880 and Oriel College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1890. He practiced for some years on the South Wales circuit, succeeding his father as chairman of the quarter sessions in Glamorganshire in 1906, an office they held for more than half a century.

He became a judge in 1913. Early in World War I he obtained a commission in the Grenadier Guards but transferred to the Welsh Guards on its formation in 1915. He devised a means of preventing bombs from accidentally exploding and injuring the soldiers who carried them, but he himself was injured twice and mentioned twice in despatches, being awarded the D.S.O. in 1915 and a medal of the Order of St. Vladimir by Russia in 1916 for his gallantry.

He served as a Coalition Liberal M.P. for Banbury (1918-22). In 1922 he became Recorder of Cardiff (till 1930).

He died 29 January 1955.

He appended Rhys to his surname in 1938.

His wife was Juliet Evangeline Rhys-Williams (1989-1964)

Born in Eastbourne 17 December 1898, she was a well known writer and politician in her own right doing valuable work for maternity services and child welfare.

Among her best known publications are Something to look forward to (1943), delineating a scheme for social security, and Taxation and incentive (1952). She died 18 September 1964.

More information about Sir Rhys can be found here and at Biography Wales here

More information about Juliet Rhys-Williams is here