Alien in Welsh Drama
John John (Jack) Williams
Written and researched by David Bohl, with the kind help of family relative Alan Roberts of Penygroes, Caernarfon
Aliens 2nd v Cosmopolitan 2nd at Clubmoor 2.45
WH Ellis, J.Rumjahn,
J.Rotherham, J.Robson, H.Howarth,
H.Bayliss, OE.Bayliss, D.Sloss, W.Sloss, J.Williams,
WG.Flint, WJ.Inglis, RF.Owens
Liverpool Echo 21st January 1911
At that time there were two J.Williams' playing for the club and on committee, sadly J.G never came back from the Great War (similarly Venmore and Tolson below)
Committee Meeting held at Bee Hotel Aug. 28th 1913
Present Messrs Knipe(chairman), Applebee, Marshall, Ringrose, Helme, Lindsay, S.J.Kay, Outhwaite, King, Facey, W.H.Kay, O'Donnell, H.N.Ellis, Bishop, R.T.Robinson, D.Sloss, H.Bayliss, Venmore, Milbourn, E.Roberts, T.Madoc-Jones, W.G.Thomas, Flenley, Tolson, O.E.Bayliss, Croxford, Kearns, J.Williams, J.G.Williams.
JJ was living life to the full, but it all came to an end when war broke out, and being medical category C3 he did not have a call up to the army. Since many of his friends were away from Liverpool, at the age of 31, he agreed to take the appointment of Head of Cefnfaes School in Bethesda. The uprooting from Liverpool proved very painful.
brought a richer life to the pupils,
concentrating on culture and music, the pupils would read music and
appreciate the works of the great composers. This was very ambitious
for a school drained of academic potential. There were portrait and
landscape paintings in every classroom, the male pupils concentrated on
gardening, with obvious benefits after leaving school, and the girls
would concentrate on home making. Choirs from the school were
successful in open competitions and the Welsh National Eisteddfod.
Attention was given to the school from His Majesty's Inspectors, yet funding was not very forthcoming.
Professor Glyn Davies of Liverpool University was a constant visitor to Cefnfaes and he stated “Mr Williams’ skill in in recognizing good teachers has produced a staff of unusual assistants who work in his own spirit.” However JJ left Bethesda and returned to Merseyside. Two of his closest friends remained, Dr Arthur Owen and Professor Garmon Jones.
After two years of being a school inspector in Birkenhead, JJ was appointed Deputy Director of Education there.
In 1917 he began working on an M.A. thesis for the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Professor Glyn Davies. His subject was “Political elements in Welsh literature, 1788-1840”. He was awarded his MA in 1923, but he also included additional papers on the organization of drama in Wales.
1915-1945 he was an adjudicator
in Drama for the Welsh National
Eisteddfod and 1924-1930 was the producer of the Welsh
of UCNW, Bangor.
JJ was also interviewed for the post of Director of the West Region for the BBC.
must read is the Dictionary
Welsh Biography entry by Gwilym
Arthur Jones, (1925-98), Bangor.
World War II broke out in 1939, JJ
was put in charge of Operation Pied Piper, the evacuation of
Birkenhead schools to Meirionethshire and Montgomeryshire. His
knowledge of the proposed reception areas and of the Welsh
language was of great value. See Alien
He left the Birkenhead Authority in 1948 and he died on Boxing Day 1950, E.Morgan Humphreys wrote in the Liverpool Daily Post, January 1,1951 “He had vision and ideas and courage”.
JOHN WILLIAMS M.A