My father was born in Llanrwst, and attended the Council and Grammar School before joining the Post Office in 1940. During World War 2 he was with the 4th and 8th Battalions Royal Welch Fusiliers and took part in the D-Day landings. He was a keen sportsman. He worked for the Post Office in Llanrwst, and became Postmaster in Dolgellau and Llandeilo before retiring. He wrote children's stories and had a book of poems printed. Read about Dad's life here.  
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WILLIAM  OWEN  DAVIES

1923  -  2002

Winifred Myfanwy and William O Davies William OWEN dAVIES
William Owen Davies, my father, was born on the 15th March 1923 in 64 Denbigh Street, Llanrwst, the eldest of Idwal Glynne and Winifred Myfanwy Davies' four children. He is pictured here with his mother left. and aged 3 on the right.  

Idwal Glyn Davies     

 He was the eldest son of Idwal Glynne and Winifred Myfanwy Davies, pictured above. 


William on the left with his brother Thomas Glynne Davies.

 

COUNCIL SCHOOL LLANRWST

This school report from 1933 shows great promise.

REPORT ON ATTENDANCE, CONDUCT AND PROGRESS 

Term ending      December 22nd 1933

NAME  William Owen Davies  AGE  10yrs 9 months      CLASS 4 

No. of Pupils in Class 33

Arithmetic      30 out of 40
Reading        10   "    "  10
Spelling         10   "   "   10
Writing           10   "   "   10
Composition 17   "   "   20
Drawing           9   "   "   10 
CONDUCT       V. Good 

REMARKS; A good steady worker,
should get on well.
E.C Davies  Class Teacher

Position 2nd

English Lang      10 out of  10
Welsh  Lang          8   "   "   10
Welsh Comp       18   "   "   20
Welsh Spelling    10   "   "   10
Welsh Reading   10   "   "   10

ABSENCES        7


Very good
R. Jones    Head Teacher



LLANRWST GRAMMAR SCHOOL

1938
LLANRWST GRAMMAR SCHOOL MAGAZINE EXTRACTS

League of Nations Union
School Branch
President - The Head Master
Hon. Secretary - Miss E.J. Heap
Assistant Secretary - J. Lloyd Owen
Treasurer - William Williams

Since the last School Magazine was published, a number of activities have taken place.
Last July, the School Branch, under Miss Heap's direction gave the performance of two short plays, taking the form of miming, based on the poem "Tubal Cain" by C. Mackay and "Saint Telemachus" by Tennyson.
The cast included; W.F. Hughes IVb, W.O. Davies IIIa, M. Roberts IIIa, J.H. Jones IIIa, D.G. Anrew IIIa, J.I. Roberts IIIa, W.G. Trivett IIIa, G. Jones IIIa, G. Parry IIIa, R.W. Jones IIIa, P.N. Roberts IIIa, D. Francis IId, A. Lusty IId, I. Roberts IIb, Gwyneth Wakely Va, Ellen Williams Vb, J. Parry IVa, Jean Jones IVa, Myrah Roberts IVa, Sarah Lloyd IVb, Megan Roberts IVb, Mary Ellen Jones IIb, Kathleen Ellis IIIb, Mair Roberts IIb and Esther Trevett.
During the interval an amazing charade called"Collective Security" was given by the VIth Form.
In September, the Branch organised a 'Daffodil Day' in aid of the League of Nations Union. The effort proved a great success, and we are hoping to hold, in conjunction with Town Branch, a similar Flag Day next September.
At the last Gereral Meeting of the School Branch the proposal that we should become affiliated to the Town Branch was adopted by a large majority. This will not hinder the activities of the School Branch, nor will it destroy its individuality. Briefly it means that members of the School Branch will be able to attend all the meetings of the Town Branch and upon leaving school, will if they continue to ay their subscriptions, automatically become members of it
  


FOOTBALL 1937 - 38

Captain - Howard Ellis  
Vice-Captain - Meirion W. Thomas
Team Secretary - Harold Jones   
Treasurer - W.A. Williams
Organising Secretary - R.H. Jones Esq.
 

During the year, the Captain left and for the Easter Term, W.A. Williams was Captain, whilst Stanley Roberts was appointed Team Treasurer. Other officials remained the same.
The results of the matches are not so good as those of previous years, owing to the loss of a large number of players. Perhaps the best performance was against Ffestiniog County School at Ffestiniog in holding them to a draw.
The following played for the XI during the season;-
W.A. Williams, N.S. Powell, M.W. Thomas, Stanley Roberts, Aled Roberts, J.E Owen, W.O. Davies, H.R. Jones, Howard Ellis, E.R. Hughes, Gwyn Hughes, J.R. Wedge, P.N. Roberts, J.G. Williams. 

FIXTURES;
Christmas Term

Sept 23 v Old Boys - lost
Sept 25 v Llanrwst Rangers - won
Oct 2 - v Wireless College - lost
Oct 9 v Llanrwst Rangers - lost
November 6 v Colwyn Bay CS - lost
Nov 13 v Abergele CS - lost
Nov 20 v Llanrwst Rangers - lost
Nov 27 v Llandudno CS - lost
Easter Term
Jan 22 v Ffestiniog CS - drew
Jan 29 v Abergele CS - lost
Feb 5 v Ffestiniog CS - lost
Feb 19 v Wireless College - lost
Mar 5 v Llandudno CS - lost
   Mar 19 v Dolwyddelen Reserves - Won
Mar 26 v Colwyn Bay CS - lost
Apr 2 v Dolgarrog Reserves - lost
Apr 7 v Old Boys - won
Played  17 games,  Won 3,  Lost 13,  Drew 1

House Championship; Gwydyr & Hiraethog (tied 5 points)
Geirionnydd 2pts

We take this opportunity to thank Miss Jones for making tea on several occasions, and several members of the Staff who acted as referee.
Editors
   

CRICKET  1937
Captain - Allen Powell,   Vice-Captain - G.S. Roberts
Team Secretary - A. Wyn Williams, 
Organising Secretary - R.H. Jones Esq.

This was a fairly good Season and some very good victories were won. The loss of the mainstay of the previous Season's team was felt.
Probably the most outstanding performance was that of Allen Powell, who scored 75 not out against Llandudno County School.
Those who played for the School were;
E.R. Hughes, G.W. Owen, G.S. Roberts, Noel Evans, Allen Powell, A.W. Smith, Osmond Hughes, Stanley Roberts, H.R. Jones, G.W. Jones,  Gwynn Williams, W.O. Davies, N.S. Powell.
 

I am very grateful to Mr Allen Powell, 1937 Cricket Captain, 
for supplying this information
from the 1938 Llanrwst Grammar School Magazine.


Allen Powell with his brother Stan in their Llanrwst Grammar School strip in
1936/37


Allen's sons Eryl, who kindly supplied the photos and Gareth  in school kit in 1966/67


Please also see the 1940 entry. KD
  


1939 SCHOOL MAGAZINE

Llanrwst Grammar School Llanrwst Grammar School

Educated at Llanrwst Grammar School, he was a keen athlete, winning the Victor Ludorum in 1939 and 1940 and runner up in 1938.
Here are some entries in the 1939 School Magazine, relating to Wil's sporting achievements at the school, during the 1938/39 academic year
.
 

Athletic Sports
July, 1938
President - The Head Master
Organiser - R.H. Jones Esq

Glorious summer weather added the 'finishing touch' to the Athletic Sports held on July 22nd, 1938, which was as well-organised as ever by Mr R. H. Jones. On this, the last occasion upon which Mr R. H. Jones was present as a member of the Staff, it was fitting that the presentation of prizes should be made by Mrs R. H. Jones. The untiring efforts of Mr R. H. Jones in the organisation of the Sports and the valuable help of Mrs R. H. Jones in chosing the prizes have brought unbroken success to this function. May we offer our heartiest and sincere thanks to them both.

As to the actual proceedings, the 'Osborne Jones' Victor Ludorum Cup was awarded to Harold Jones and the 'Rev. D. M. Evans' for the runner-up was awarded to W. O. Davies and S. Roberts (jointly).

Grace Clarke won the 'Victrix Ludorum' Cup, 'the runner-up' cup going to Jean Jones and Gwyneth Wakely (jointly).

Football 1938 -39
Captain - H. R. Jones  Vice Captain - J. E. Owen
Team Secretary - W. A. Williams  Treasurer - N. S. Powell

     

Team; R. H. Roberts; N. S . Powell; W. O. Davies; Arthur Roberts; 
H. R. Jones; J. R. Jones; G. Hughes; F. M. Jones; W. A. Williams;
J. E. Owen; and A. E. Roberts.
J. G. Williams and G. W. Davies also played at intervals

SCHOOL FIXTURES AND RESULTS
22.09.38  Home 8 v 7 Old Boys
24.09.38  Home 4 v 7 Llanrwst Reserves
01.10.38  Home 3 v 6 Llandudno C.S.
08.10.38  Home 2 v 3 Abergele C. S.
22.10.38  Home 1 v 9 Wireless College
29.10.38  Home 4 v 5 Colwyn Bay C. S.
03.11.38  Home 5 v 1 Clwyd College
08.11.38  Home 1 v 1 Old Boys
12.11.38  Away  4 v 6 Ffestiniog C. S.
19.11.38  Home 5 v 3 Trefriw Reserves
27.11.38  Away  3 v 4 Cwm Reserves
03.12.38  Away  5 v 4 Trefriw Reserves
14.01.39  Away  6 v 2 Trefriw Reserves
21.01.39  Home 7 v 4 Ffestiniog C. S.
28.01.39  Home 5 v 3 Tan-y-Grisiau Urdd
04.02.39  Home 0 v 6 Cwm Rangers
18.02.39  Away  2 v 5 Colwyn Bay C. S.
11.03.39  Away  1 v 5 Abergele C. S.
18.03.39  Home 6 v 6 Ministry of Labour Camp
25.03.39  Away  1 v 7 Ministry of Labour Camp
01.04.39  Home 2 v 1 Rhiw Ffestiniog

 

Cricket 1938
Captain - A. W. Smith  Vice Captain - H. R. Jones
Team Secretary - S. Roberts  Treasurer - N. S. Powell

Team; - A. W. Smith; H. R. Jones; S. Roberts; N. S. Powell;                  R. H. Roberts; J. E. Owen; W. O. Davies; W. B. Lloyd; P. N. Roberts; D. R. Pugh; and D. G. Thomas.

The team enjoyed a fairly successful season, six matches being won out of eleven played. The most outstanding performance was that of N. S. Powell who scored 61 runs against Dolwyddelen

                     

Home   18 - 66 v Wireless College
Home   29 - 48 v Ffestiniog C. S.
Home   51 - 78 v Crosville Bus Depot
Home   77 - 76 v Llandudno C. S.
Home   96 - 54 v Crosville Bus Depot
Home   51 - 13 v Ffestiniog Thursdays
Away    53 - 77 v Colwyn Bay C. S.
Home 122 - 49 v Dolwyddelen
Home   56 - 54 v Ffestiniog Thursdays
Home   94 - 51 v Wireless College
Home   61 - 68 v Colwyn Bay C. S.

House Championship - tied
Gwydyr,  Geirionydd, Hiraethog - all 4 points

In the present 1939 season the School has won four matches out of the six played to date.
Powell has once more distinguished himself by scoring 86 runs in the match against the Old Boys.  

1940 School Magazine

I am extremely grateful to Mr Allen Powell for supplying me with information relating to my father in the 1940 Grammar School Magazine.KD

Mr Powell writes; 

I left Llanrwst County School July 1937 to do a year student teaching and then 2 years at Bangor Normal {1938 -40} The only names I remember of the pupils junior to me at Llanrwst County School are those of your father and uncle Tom!!    I do not know why this is but would guess that it's due to our shared love of sport. They lived a few yards from the school sports field and I had played for the soccer and cricket 1st XIs since I was 13/14. I am fairly sure that their Mum {a lovely person!} helped with the after match refreshments, and still did when my sons played for the school teams in the 1960s.

From 1937 to 1940 I played for Llanrwst Cricket Club and W O did not play for either team when I was playing with them over these periods. I joined the RAF in 1940 and I doubt that there was any cricket played by the town team from 1940 to 1946 - no player ! However there was no reason for the schools to stop playing, so he may have got his 8 for 38 then or with the town team in the 40s after the war. I know nothing of these years as I didn't play again until the 1960s when I had a year as captain.

I remembered that I have, somewhere, copies of the pre-war County Grammar Schools annual magazines. I have found them, including the 1937/8,38/39 and 39'40 versions. Basically they tell us that your Dad was not just a pretty face ! Cricketer. footballer, athlete, actor, scholar - you name it, he did it ! The N S Powell mentioned in the sport lists was my young brother Noel Stanley, a brilliant all-rounder, but no longer with us I'm afraid. He would have known him even better than I did as they played soccer and cricket for the school teams for a couple of years.

 I met up with your uncle T Glynne Davies several times around 1948/52 when I played for Harlech in the Cambrian Coast League and he was a reporter, including sports, for the Cambrian News. 

I played football with Charles Wilson Jones [he was always known as Wilson]in South Africa where I was doing a Navigators course c 1944/45. I qualified as pilot in 1942 in Canada and flew Beaufighters around the Mediterranean and did the Navigators course during my rest period.

SPORTS
President -The Head Master
Organiser - W. M. Wakely, Esq.. B.A.

Glorious weather crowned the success of the Sports Meeting on July 22nd last year. Mr R.H. Jones, who had previously been Sports Master, gave his impeccable assistance to Mr Wakely.
The "Osborne Jones" Victor Ludorum Cup was awarded to H.R. Jones and W.O. Davies (jointly). The "Rev. D.M. Evans Cup" for the runner up was also given to these two winners.
Helena McRae won the "Victrix Ludorum" Cup. Gwyneth Wakely won the runner up-cup.
The prizes were distributed by Mrs Haydn Davies, National School, who was thanked by the Head Master.
We take this opportunity of thanking Miss Jones for providing the refreshments, and to members of Staff for their services. We must not forget to thank Mr R.H. Jones, who could not sever himself from the School, and who gave indispensable assistance.    Editors

CRICKET, 1940
Captain - N.S. Powell     Vice-Captain - W.B. Lloyd
Team Secretary - W.O. Davies   Treasurer - D.C. Roberts
Organising Secretary - W.M. Wakeley, Esq., B.A.

Travelling difficulties greatly hampered the games with the other County Schools. But in spite of this, many good games were played.
Those who played for the School were;
N.S. Powell;  W.B. Lloyd;  D.C. Roberts; W.O. Davies; D.R. Pugh;
P.N. Roberts; W.A. Williams; Gwilym Jones; H.V. Hughes; G. Ellis;
J.D. Thomas; D.E. Williams; Tom Davies; P.G.H. Smith; C. Robinson 
Fixtures;
 

May 4 v Colwyn Bay CS - Won
May 18 v Llanrwst Reserves - Abandoned
May 25 v Blaenau Ffestiniog CS - Abandoned
June 1 v Llanrwst A - Lost
June 8 v Colwyn Bay CS - Lost
June15 v Peter Thomas' XI - Won
June 22 v Blaenau Ffestiniog - Won
June 29 v An Army XI - Lost

In the last match the School scored 149 (W.B. Lloyd 41, Peter Roberts 33) and only lost by 15 runs.
Results up to date are;- Played 6 games, Won 3, Lost 3, Rest abandoned.

Thanks are due to Miss Jones for providing tea, and to members of the Staff who acted as umpires.        W.O. Davies


FOOTBALL 1939-40
Captain - W.A. Williams    Vice-Captain - N.S. Powell
Secretary - H.R. Jones    Treasurer - W.O. Davies
During the year the Secretary left, and Vice-Captain performed both offices
 

The season was a fairly good one, considering that many good players left, both at the beginning and during the season.
Those who played for the school were;
R.H. Roberts; Otto Barber; N.S Powell; George Ellis; W.O. Davies; H.R. Jones; J.R. Jones; D.G. Thomas; D. E. Williams; W.A. Williams; W.B. Lloyd; R.RH. Roberts; D.C. Roberts.
Fixtures;
 

Christmas Term, 1939
Sep 23 v Old Boys - Won
Sep 28 v Clwyd College - Won
Sep 30 v Abergele CS - Drew
Oct 7 v Colwyn Bay CS - Won
Oct 14 v Llandudno CS - Lost
Oct 21 v Old Boys - Lost
Oct 28 v Llanddoget - Won
Nov 4 v Llanrwst Res - Lost
Nov 11 v Cwm Rangers - Lost
Nov 18 v Ffestiniog CS - Lost
Dec 3 v Llandudno CS - Lost
Easter Term, 1940
Jan 20 v Llandudno CS - Cancelled
Feb 3 v Colwyn Bay CS - Cancelled
Feb 10 v Cwm Rangers - Won
Feb 17 v Llanrwst Res - Cancelled
Feb 24 v Abergele CS - Cancelled
Mar 2 v Ffestiniog CS - Won
Mar 9 v Llandudno CS - Won
Mar 16 v Dolgarrog - Cancelled

Again, my grateful thanks to Mr Allen Powell
for kindly supplying me with this information. KD

DAYS AT GORSEDD GRUCYN
Gorsedd Grucyn
Wil enjoyed many a day at the family farm of Gorsedd Grucyn, where his great grandparents lived and spent several times there. These days are recalled by him in this letter extract, which he sent to the current owner David Davies (no relation) or Dei Bryniog, following a visit there in 1999.

The visit took me back sixty years, when I was spending a lot of time in Gorsedd. If there was no need to muck out the cowshed and the stables, I would be walking the fields, especially at the time of ploughing the Gorsedd sheepwalk, when the lapwing was nesting.

The hen would walk yards before rising into the air so nobody would know where the nest was, but if there were four eggs in the nest with their pointed ends towards the middle I didn't touch them as the hen had started hatching them.Nain used to fry lapwing eggs for me, and they were delicious (a stronger taste than hens' eggs) with home baked bread and fresh butter.

Lapwing eggs


Another pleasure was catching moles with a trap and making sure that I rubbed my hands in the soil, otherwise the mole would scent my body. By making sure no light went into the hole I was sure of a mole by the morning.

Catching leverets (a leveret is a young hare, as you know) - once I saw one I would give a cough, and the hare would freeze. Then walking slowly behind her (a hare can only see to either side of her) and picking her up before letting her go.
Defence

Catching hares with a snare in the hedge at the bottom of Gorsedd sheepwalk where the hare path led through the hedge, setting the snare the length of a fist and a thumb to the bottom of the snare (the length of a fist for a rabbit). Then Jo would sell them for 2/6 in town . . .

Gorsedd
Gorsedd Views of Gorsedd on that delightful August day in 1999, when Wil and family again visited Gorsedd Grucyn
Gorsedd

Delightful days in Paradise, Dei?

By now we have settled in a small town where nothing moves but the traffic.

Best wishes to you all, and thank you for your welcome.

Wil a Jean
(William Owen and Jean Davies)



Llandeilo
Sir Gaerfyrddin
31 Awst 1999

Annwyl Dei, Mary a'r plant,

Wythnos i heddiw yr oeddym yn mwynhau eich croeso yng Ngorsedd Grycun, a diolch yn fawr iawn i chi.
Aeth yr ymweliad a mi yn ol drigain mlynedd, pan oeddwn yn treulio llawer o amser yn Gorsedd. Os nad oedd angen carthu'r beudy a'r stabal, 'roeddwn yn cerdded y caeau, yn enwedig amser aredig Ffridd yr Orsedd, pan oedd y corn chwiglog yn nythu.

'R oedd yr iar yn cerdded llatheni cyn codi i'r awyr, lle bo neb yn gwybod ble'r oedd y nyth, ond os oedd pedwar wy yn y nyth a'u pigau at y canol, nid oeddwn yn cyffwrdd a hwy, gan fod yr iar wedi dechrau eistedd arnynt. Byddai Nain yn ffrio'r wya corn chwiglog i mi ac 'roeddynt yn flasus (blas cryfach nag wy iar), gyda bara cartre' a menyn ffres.

Pleser arall oedd dal tyrchod gyda trap ac yn gwneud yn siwr fy mod yn rhwbio fy nwylo yn y pridd, neu mi fuasai'r twrch yn arogli fy nghorff. Gan wneud yn siwr nad oedd ddim golau yn mynd i'r twll, 'roeddwn yn sicr o dwrch erbyn y bore.

Dal lefrod (lefrau yw sgwarnog ifanc fel y gwyddost) - unwaith a welswm un, byddwn yn rhoi peswch, a mi fydda'r lefran yn wardio. Gan gerdded yn araf tu ol iddi (nid yw sgwarnog ddim ond yn gweld y ddwy ochr iddi) ac yn ei chodi a'i chyflechu cyn ei gollwng yn rhydd. Dal sgwarnogod yn y clawdd yng ngwaelod Ffridd yr Orsedd gyda magl lle'r oedd y llwybr swarnogod yn arwain trwy'r clawdd, gan osod y fagl hyd dwrn a bawd i waelod y fagl (hyd dwrn i gwningen). Yna bydda Jo yn eu gwerthu am 2/6 yn y dre.

Dyddiau hyfryd mewn nefoedd o fyd Dei?

Erbyn hyn yr ydym wedi ail setlo mewn treflan lle nad oes dim ond y traffic yn symud.

Cofion gorau atoch oll, a diolch am eich croeso,

Wil a Jean
(William Owen a Jean Davies)

PLAYING SPORT
Wil played cricket and football for Llanrwst.

LLANRWST CRICKET CLUB
 

Llanrwst Cricket Club Llanrwst Cricket Club

Llanrwst Cricket Ground, which is adjacent to the football pitch. This is where he once took 8 wickets for 38 runs. Pictured right is all that remains of the club's cricket pavillion from those days.

LLANRWST FOOTBALL CLUB.

His brother in law Eric Roberts recalls a goal he once saw Wil score for Llanrwst Football Club, which he describes for me below;

I will never forget the movement of play at that game. The right back made a ground pass to the right half, who crossed it over to midfield. Your Dad was positioned just inside the opposition's half, a few feet inside the halfway line. He hit it first time with his right foot on the rebound, and it went high towards the goal. It was virtually the perfect 'Drop-Shot' and it entered the goal a few inches under the crossbar. The goalie never smelt it !!!  (Llanrwst were playing at the time, in the direction of the river, i.e. from right to left.) I can't remember his field position in the team, but at a guess I think it was left half.
He was a very good player and very fast on the ball. His passing was accurate, and during the time I saw him play, he 'Made' many other goals by accurate passing to the forwards. With the passage of time now, I cannot remember who they were playing.
Llanrwst F.C.
Above  - the goal end in which Wil scored his goal.
Below - Llanrwst United's historic stand which they obtained from Accrington Stanley when they resigned from the Football League during the 1961/62 season. My thanks to Phil Smith, Chairman Llanrwst United FC for this information.
lLANRWST f.c.

The football player 'positions' indicated below differ to the ones used today. In those days these were the positions used; 

Goalkeeper. 
Right Back & Left Back.
Right Half - Centre Half - Left Half.
Outside Right - Inside Right - Centre Forward - Inside Left - Outside Left
.


Reproduced here are league tables for the period in which he played for Llanrwst Town. Llanrwst were League Champions in 1947/48, but I cannot ever recall Dad mentioning playing for a championship winning team.


Vale of Conway League

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945/46

Pl

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Llanddulais FC

12

10

1

1

52

24

21

Llandudno Junction FC

12

8

2

1

37

12

18

Conway FC

12

5

4

3

30

25

14

Penmaenmawr FC

12

5

0

7

37

33

10

Llanrwst Town FC

12

3

4

4

27

38

10

Colwyn Bay FC

12

3

1

8

26

35

7

Dolgarrog FC

12

1

0

11

20

61

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946/47

Pl

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Conway FC

18

4

3

1

87

33

31

Llanrwst Town FC

18

3

0

5

71

27

26

Dolgarrog FC

18

8

4

6

52

30

20

Penmaenmawr FC

17

8

3

6

50

52

19

Llnadudno FC Res

18

8

1

9

54

53

17

Llysfaen FC

18

7

2

9

56

52

16

Betws Y Coed FC

17

5

4

8

39

52

14

Colwyn Bay FC Res

18

4

5

9

42

58

13

Dolwyddelan FC

16

4

3

9

37

58

11

Trefriw Spa FC

18

4

1

13

37

63

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1947/48

Pl

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Llanrwst Town FC

20

16

1

3

91

31

33

Dolgarrog FC

20

14

1

5

75

40

29

Machno United

20

13

1

6

88

36

27

Llandudno FC Res

20

11

3

6

62

41

25

Llysfaen FC

20

9

5

6

79

46

23

Llandudno Junction FC Res

20

9

3

8

57

62

21

Dolwyddelan FC

20

7

4

9

49

67

18

Colwyn Bay FC Res

20

6

4

10

36

71

16

Betws Y Coed FC

20

3

5

12

32

58

11

Trefriw Spa FC

20

3

3

14

38

67

9

Blaenau Ffestiniog FC Res

20

3

1

16

40

128

7

POST OFFICE

Llanrwst Post Office

 


Llanrwst Sorting Office


He started work with Llanrwst Post Office in 1940 as a Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist. His starting wage was 13/6d a week.  His father also worked there as a postman.

WORLD WAR II

Dad , like so many others would not talk a lot about his war days. However his granddaughter Kim was asked to talk to their grandparents about what they did during the war, and Dad wrote this account for her. William was called up to the army in 1942. He is pictured with his mother Winifred Myfanwy, Anti Carrie and sister Ceinwen, during some war leave.

I was in the Grammar School (form 5) when war broke out. There I remained until August 1940, when I started work at the Post Office in Llanrwst as a counter clerk.
However, on the 12th February 1942, I was conscripted into the army. A day which would change my life completely.

I very well remember leaving home for the first time, aged eighteen. I had to catch the 8 o'clock train from Llanrwst to Cardiff. On the way to the way to the station, I heard a Welsh programme on everyone's wireless set as I walked along, and I could hear a party singing "R wyf innau'n milwr bychan, yn cychwyn ar fy nhaith!" - I am a little soldier, starting on my journey!
I was initially attached to the 4th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers as
Fusilier DAVIES W.O. 14200775

Llandudno Junction

Llandudno Junction

I had to change trains at Llandudno Junction, where I met Huw Jones from Pencaerisiog, Anglesey, who could not speak English and he asked me if I would keep him company.

 I agreed and we were together at Heath Camp. Cardiff, where we practised marching and treating different types of illnesses.

I soon realised that strangely, many of my friends, who were more like brothers to me, were being stationed overseas, including Huw - and I was being left behind all the time.  

  ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS

However, my turn soon came to join the 8th Battalion of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, in Yeovil, Somerset. This would be the first time for me to camp in a tent with the rest of the soldiers. By now, I was well used to the uniform and nailed boots!

Army Book 64
SOLDIER'S SERVICE
and PAY BOOK
RWF Paybook

RWF 1942

B Company 8th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers. November 1942
 In time, I was moved to Swanage, Dorset. From there, on to work at Corfe Castle. By now marching ten miles meant nothing to me but sore feet.

Time soon came to move again, this time to Bournemouth, where I learned to ride a 500cc Norton motorbike, and spent some time with the Field Security Police. I was now enrolled in the Battalion's 'Intelligence Section', where I had to learn about military aircraft from each country and how to read maps, as I had to arrange convoy routes from one place to another. Again several of my friends were being sent abroad, but I had to remain here. This happened throughout the time I was in the army.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle

I was sent to the Isle of Wight to learn more about explosives. From here to Beaulieu, where two of us looked after gallons of petrol. Then to Dover and a stay at The Citadel.  - a castle on high ground, where it was possible to tell the time on a Calais clock in France, through a telescope! Here there were four large cannons which would fire shells over to France. I was also at Dover Castle, learning more about military work.

DOVER CASTLE HISTORY;
In the twentieth century the castle played an important role in both world wars. The castle was armed with anti-aircraft guns and searchlights, supplemented during the Second World War with Radar
.

In May 1940, the evacuation of 338,000 allied soldiers from Dunkirk was directed from a command centre in the converted Georgian underground barracks, at Dover Castle. New tunnels were built to house an underground hospital and the combined headquarters for the three services. After the war the army remained in the castle until 1958; five years later the whole of Dover Castle was handed over to the Ministry of Works for preservation.

MY NEXT MOVE
I moved  on to St Margaret's Bay, where I stayed in underground offices. Here I received details of German shipping in codified form. I had to decode and forward the information to the relevant administrative sections. There soon followed a long journey for me from Dover to Berwick on Tweed by motorbike, to show convoy drivers the way there, and stopping overnight in Saffron Waldren, where I taught American soldiers how to read maps and find their way during day or night. Then on to St Neots, Morpeth before reaching Berwick on Tweed. 

Following this excursion, I went to Maidstone. Here five of us were guinea pigs. Each of us were given a sedative of three different colours, followed by an IQ test. The results differed greatly.

On another occasion, we were given a map of a part of France and had to state its suitability for infantry and tank warfare - it was an area between the beaches and Caen, where we later operated!
Map of Normandy

By this time, plans were afoot to land in France

D DAY PREPARATIONS 

The Normandy landings were the beginning of Operation Overlord - or the invasion of German-occupied Europe. Originally planned to take place on 1 May 1944, the operation was postponed a month to allow time to gather more troops and equipment. The timing was important to allow for the right weather, a full moon, and tidal conditions.


To keep the destination of the landings secret, a deception plan Operation Fortitude was mounted which led the Germans to believe the main target was the Pas de Calais, much farther east.
When the landings finally began there were only 14 of the 58 German divisions in France facing the Allies. While there was stiff resistance at other beaches, Omaha was the only one where the success of the Allied mission was in serious doubt.

The invasion of Normandy was the largest amphibious assault ever launched. It involved five army divisions in the initial assault and over 7,000 ships. In addition there were 11,000 aircraft.
 
In total 75,215 British and Canadian troops and 57,500 US troops were landed by sea on D-Day. Another 23,400 were landed by air. By 11 June the Allies had secured the Cotentin Peninsula beyond Cherbourg but progress continued slowly as the Germans put up fierce resistance. 

65th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE NORMANDY LANDINGS
JUNE 2009 

Click here to see the magnificent photos from D-Day 6th June 1944
courtesy of Dave Weber and THE DENVER POST

THE CROSSING
I stayed at Hayward's Heath. We were billeted in tents in the woods. We were supposed to sail from New Haven on D-Day plus 2, but the boat we were meant to sail in was sunk and no other boat was available until the 23rd June.

Arromanches

So, on the 23rd June 1944, we crossed the English Channel to the beaches of Arromanches, following British, Canadian and American troops through Bayeaux and on to Caen, where there was fierce fighting. We could hear our own shells, fired from our ships, whistling over our heads and anding on the German army. Fierce fighting continued the Germans bombarded us endlessly with their 9 barrelled mortars.

British troops have a wash day at Bayeux

AFTER THE LANDINGS

Both sides faced difficulties after the landings. The Germans hoped to contain the Allied beach head with infantry forces, while saving their mobile reserves for a major counter-attack. The numerous hedgerows, sunken lanes and small villages of the Normandy countryside offered them good cover and restricted Allied mobility.Because they still feared another Allied landing in the Pas de Calais, however, the Germans held some troops back and reinforcements were slow to arrive. The movement of German forces was also slowed by bomb damage to railways and bridges, by the constant menace of air attack and by the activities of the French resistance. In addition, Hitler's insistence on holding ground meant high mortality among German troops.

Breakthrough

The Allied conduct of the battle developed in two ways. The British and Canadians engaged the German mobile reserves in a series of attritional battles around Caen, while the Americans, facing less resistance, were able to gain more ground to the west. Although Montgomery (commander of the Allied land forces) faced some criticism because progress seemed slow, in the end his strategy of wearing down the German forces and keeping them off balance paid off.

British troops in Caen

Caen

 

Devastation in the city of Caen
Caen

The long-awaited, decisive breakthrough came during late July and early August. Another British attack pinned down the German mobile forces south of Caen, while the Americans broke through against depleted opposition.

5 French Franks 5 French Franks

5 French Francs. Serie de 1944
This special 'liberation money' was issued to some soldiers while they were in secure camps prior to boarding ships.


BLOWN INTO THE AIR
I was in a shell hole with a boy from Ffestiniog and we decided to move to another hole. Unfortunately, I was blown several yards into the air. I was not injured. I was treated in 202 and 129 Field Ambulances on the 4th July 1944, and then to the Corps Exhaustion Centre on the 7th July 1944, but I knew nothing of this
.

The General Hospital, Nottingham, in 1939.

They transferred me to a hospital ship and I crossed over back to England to Southampton hospital on the 8th July, I moved to General Hospital, Nottingham (left) on the 11th July, prior to being admitted to Northfield Military Hospital, Birmingham on the 12th July for a spell, where I underwent thorough investigation.

A decision was made to transfer me on the 28th August to Regent's Park Rehabilitation Centre, London for three months - the treatment? - three months physical education!

Following that period, I was went to Newtown, Powys for 9 months. I was moved to 122 Medical Convalescent Depot in Blythe Bridge, where I was in charge of the injured. Having attended a pay course in Chester, I returned to Newtown as a clerk, paying the soldiers on a weekly basis.It was here in 1945 working as a Welfare Officer Clerk and Pay Clerk, I was promoted to Lance Corporal, and was due to be Corporal, but was discharged, as I had a job to go to in the Post Office.

My last day in the Army came, and I went to Oldham to be fitted for my grey and white de-mob suit, together with other items of clothing. It was at this time that I got to discover why I was never sent overseas in the earlier days of my war - my records had been destroyed in the blitz in London, on the month I joined up.


I considered myself to have been very lucky indeed.

My service number was 14200775 Fusilier Davies W. O.. I was called '75'


BRAVERY
This is where Dad's report ends. However, the one thing he did not mention, was the act of extreme bravery he undertook near Caen. He volunteered to and went into 'no man's land', to fetch water for the rest of the troops, under heavy enemy fire. He was the only single soldier in the group - the others were married.  He was to be mentioned in despatches for his bravery, but his reporting officer was killed, and the act of bravery was never recorded.
 

NORMANDY CAMPAIGN ENDS

Forced to commit their reserves against the British, the Germans were too weak to oppose the American breakthrough after 25 July. As the Americans poured out into the open countryside, a counter-attack ordered by Hitler failed and by mid-August the Germans were facing encirclement. They retreated in chaos and the Allies had taken Paris by 25 August.
The end of the Normandy campaign came with the destruction of the German 7th Army in the Falaise pocket in August.

Although the Allies had reached the German frontier by September they decided to re-group during the winter, because of the failure of Market-Garden and the setback in the battle of the Bulge, and the invasion of Germany only began in January 1945.


To read more on the Drive on Caen, please click on the following link;
http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/ADADD5C6-9F34-4A94-AD03-5C915E25AD51/0/ww2_caen.pdf

CLOTHING COUPONS AFTER THE WAR

Clothing Coupon Book
War Coupns


After the war, Wil rejoined the Post Office.
 


In 1951, he married Jean Roberts, daughter of Owen John and Sarah Michell Roberts of Dolgarrog at Seion Chapel, Llanrwst. Jean worked for David Thomas, Solicitor in Llanrwst. They raised two son, Ken and Paul.


21 Cae Tyddyn Llanrwst
William and Jean, 9th June 1951 and 21 Cae Tyddyn, Llanrwst, their first home in Llanrwst.The house is now renumbered 18.

William enjoyed writing children's stories and poetry. Several of his stories were broadcast on the radio in the 1950's. "Helyntion Wili Draenog" and "Lalws" (actually based on a cat who once lived at Gorsedd!) were later published and distributed throughout Welsh schools
.

Anturiaethau Llaws
Helyntion Wili Draenog

He won chairs in Eisteddfodau; Holywell in 1954 and Llansawel, Carmarthenshire, in 1974. His poetry was published in his book "Cerddi Tair Tref".

CERDDI
TAIR TREF
Llanrwst
Dolgellau
Llandeilo

W.O. DAVIES 

Cyfansoddais y cerddi hyn, ar wahan i hunan-ddiddordeb, ar gyfer y 'Cymro Cyffredin', gan fy mod innau o 'frid pen tomen'. Ni cheisiaf fod yn uchelgeisiol na 'thywyll' a dymunaf fy mod wedi llwyddo i ddiddori y brid hwnnw o Gymro a archebwyd y gyfrol hon. 

Ofnaf ein bod yn esgeuluso 'cefn gwlad' trwy droi cefn arni, heb sylweddoli y golled trwy wneud hynny - y cymeriadau, y llonyddwch a'r antur. Diolchaf am y cyfle o gael blasu cefn gwlad tair tref - Llanrwst, Dolgellau a Llandeilo. Mawr yw fy niolch i Gwilym R. Jones a Mathonwy Huws  am fy nhywys tros y blynyddoedd, ac am eu parodrwydd ar ran Y FANER i ganiatau amryw o'r cerddi ymddangos yn y gyfrol. Dyledus wyf i W. Leslie Richards am ddarllen y proflenni a pharatoi'r cyflwyniad.
Blwyddyn newydd well i bawb

W.O. Davies 

Un o 'hogia Llanrwst' yw W.O. Davies. Addysgwyd ef yn Ysgol Ramadeg y dref honno yn Nyffryn Conwy. Ymunodd a'r Swyddfa Bost yn 1940 a bu yn glerc yn Llanrwst hyd at 1959 (ag eithro gwasanaethu a'r RWF rhwng 1942 a 1944).

Bu yn Bostfeistr yn Nolgellau, Sir Feirionydd am ddeuddeng mlynedd ac mae'n awr yn Bostfeistr yn Llandeilo, Sir Gaerfyrddin. 

SBN  7154 0112 2

 Pris 85c

Cyflwynedig
i'm
gwraig Sian
a'm
meibion Ken a Paul

C Y N W

Y S

Cyflwyniad
Cymru Lloegr a ....
Y Ffair
Mewn Bws
Y Bwgan Brain
Morfa Rhuddlan
Yn Stryd y Glep
Y Teithiwr
Hir yw pob aros
Newid
Tybed
Y Ddadl
Clywais
Gwelais
Teimlais
Heb ei boi, heb ei geni
Diwrnod Cneifio
Yr Ymgeisydd Seneddol
Y Mab
Hen Filwr
Y Sadwrn a'r Sul
Hiroshima
Nagasaki
Trannoeth
Atgof

Yr Hen Lanc
Y Crefftwr
Heddiw
Deffro
Teimlo
Arogli
Blasu
Gweled
Clywed
Y Crwydryn
Y Bore Bach
Yfory
Ar y traeth
Yr Hen Gapel
Deffro
Yr Ymwelydd
Dau Gyfaill
Y Rhosyn
Paradwys
Huno
Anialwch
Ein Tad......
Y Llan
Rhigolau
Halen y Ddaear

1974
Cyhoeddwyd gan:

Christopher Davies (Cymru) Cyf.,
Llandybie ac Abertawe

Argraffwyd gan:
Wasg Salesbury CYF.


APPOINTMENT
A letter dated 2nd December 1959 from the G.P.O. stated ;
I am directed to inform you that authority has given for your appointment as Postmaster Dolgellau (S) Barmouth.
Will you please say when you are prepared to take up duty at Dolgellau so that it can be agreed with the Head Postmaster in Barmouth.
May I offer you my sincere congratulations on your promotion and express the hope that you will be very happy in your new sphere of operations and that further promotion will come your way in due season.
Signed; T.G. Tilling, Head Postmaster

He was appointed Postmaster in Dolgellau in 1960
.

DOLGELLAU NEW P.O. OPENED

William Owen Davies above left with the new Post Office above right

The new Post Office in Meurig Street, Dolgellau was opened yesterday by Dr. Hugh D. Owen (Chairman of Dolgellau Urban Council). Among those present were Mr K. Thomas (representing the Director of the Post Office Wales and Border Counties; Mr W. J. Harris (Head Postmaster at Barmouth; Mr W.O. Davies (Postmaster at Dolgellau); Mr Ernest Rees (Assistant Postmaster at Barmouth); Mr D.W. Jones-Williams (Clerk to Merioneth County Council); Superintendent John StT. David Jones (representing Gwynedd Constabulary) Councillor John Rees and Mr B. Williams-Jones (Chairman and clerk respectively of Dolgellau Rural Council) and Mr Evan Williams (Clerk to Dolgellau Urban Council).
After the ceremonial opening the party was conducted on a tour of the new building
.

 

Dolgellau Post Office

Wil is pictured above with Higher Grade Postmen Marshall Davies left, and Eric Walker right.

Dolgellau Post Office on the 1st November 2007. Dolgellau Post Office

  

Ivy House Dolgellau

Ivy House, Finsbury Square, Dolgellau was our first home in the town. It is now a very impressive Guest House.

 

Please see the 'Links to other Websites' on the left hand side of page for more information on Ivy House..

The family moved to 1 Bryntirion around 1962. It had a commanding view over the valley. It has now been converted into flats.

 

Bryn Tirion Dolgellau

Bryn Tirion
Dolgellau


He was given a double promotion to Llandeilo in 1970, where he worked until his retirement in 1983. Throughout these times, wife Jean gave him tremendous support.

AWARD FOR LLANDEILO MAN

For the second successive year, the Civil Service Council for Further Education has recognised the endeavours of Mr W.O. Davies, Postmaster, Llandeilo, in the field of further education.
Mr Davies will be presented with a highly commended certificate at the banqueting hall, Cardiff Castle on April 18th.
Guest Speaker will be Mr Barry Jones M.P. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, who will also make the presentation.

HAT-TRICK POSTMASTER

For the third successive year, Llandeilo Postmaster, Mr William Owen Davies has been awarded a certificate and monetary award by the prize giving sub-committee of the Civil Service Council for Further Education.
Mr Davies, who has won the award for his efforts in the field of education, will be presented at the annual prize distribution ceremony at the Cardiff College of Food and Technology and Commerce on July 8. 


SEREN HAFREN
Papur Bro ardal Y Drenewydd

YMWELIAD A YSGOL HAFREN, Y DRENEWYDD.

Ysgol Hafren Newtown
Mr W O Davies gyda Menna Jones, Kim a Rhian

Pan oedd Mr W O Davies o Landeilo ar ymweliad a'i fab Mr Ken Davies a'r teulu, galwodd yn y dosbarth lle mae ei wyres, Kim, yn ddisgybl yn Uned Gymraeg, Ysgol Gynradd Hafren. Mewn sgwrs gyda'r athrawes, Mrs Menna Jones, deallodd fod ei lyfr 'Anturiaethau Lalws' yn dal i gael ei darllen yno.                                            
Cyhoeddwyd ef yn 1976 dan nawdd Cynllun Llyfrau Cymraeg Cyd-Bwyllgor Addysg Cymru.
Braint oedd ei gael i arwyddo'r llyfr a dymuno'n dda i'r ysgol.
Enw cath ei nain oedd Lalws ac yn ystod 1954 bu adrodd ei hanturiaethau yn ogystal a Helyntion Wili Dreanog ar Radio Cymru gan y ddiweddar Charles Williams, a chanlyniad hynny oedd cyhoeddi'r ddwy gyfrol. Roeddynt wedi gwerthu allan mewn byr amser.
Cyhoeddodd gyfrol o'i farddoniaeth hefyd, 'Cerddi Tair Tref, sef Llanrwst, Dolgellau a Llandeilo.                                                                Sioned Penllyn.


MESSENGER

April 1999

OFFICIAL OPENING AT LLANDEILO

Guest of honour and former postmaster Bill Davies (right) and his son Paul, at the official opening.

A former  postmaster whose family has served 100 years with the Post Office in Wales, was guest of honour at the official opening of Llandeilo Delivery Office in March (1999).
William Owen Davies (76) was postmaster in charge of Royal Mail Operations in Llandeilo for 11 years before he retired in 1983, after 43 years service.
"I left 16 years ago, but I still keep in touch with the delivery office in Llandeilo. I was delighted to be chosen to perform the opening ceremony", said Bill, who is a Welsh language author and poet.
Bill's son Paul, a postman at Llandeilo, was among Royal Mail staff at the official opening.
The new £650,000 office, sited a few hundred yards from the old office, provides improved services for customers and better conditions for staff.
It is equipped with the latest style sorting frames and there is a dedicated customer reception area. 

FAMILY
They loved and had great interest in their sons Ken and Paul, and their wives
Marian and Teresa. Their grand daughters Kim, Rhian, Sarah, Rebecca and
Bethany were a shining light to them and they loved to share in the successes
of their schoolwork.

William took a great interest in the news of the wider family areas, and they
loved their annual visits to "yr hen gynefin" (see letter to Dei Bryniog in 1999
in the Gorsedd Grucyn link). 
Dad  passed away on the 30th November 2002, and Jean still lives in Llandeilo.

The following words are taken from a reference written for him by The Reverend
John Jones M.A. in 1940.
"He is of an unblemished character, worthy of all trust and confidence.
He will give of his best".

How very true those words were. He was also a very
kind, generous person, who would willingly help anyone who had a problem.

He is greatly missed.

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