Lives of the fellows

Thomas Ellis Jones-Davies

b.4 March 1906 d.25 August 1960
BA Cantab(1928) MA Cantab(1936) DPH Lond(1937) MB BCh Cantab(1940) MD Cantab(1943) MRCS LRCP(1934) MRCP(1936) FRCP(1956) JP(1952)

T. E. Jones-Davies was born at Glyneiddau, Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire, the son of a distinguished Welsh agriculturist, Henry Jones-Davies, C.B.E., J.P., and of Winifred Anne Ellis, daughter of Thomas Ellis, also a farmer. He was educated at Carmarthen Grammar School, St. George’s School, Harpenden, and Caius College, Cambridge. He read agriculture and took the natural sciences tripos in 1928, but changed to medical studies on the death from malignant disease of his only brother, who was intended for a medical career. After preclinical studies at King’s College, London, he gained an open entrance scholarship to St. George’s Hospital where he won prizes in anatomy, physiology and surgery. After house appointments at Hampstead General Hospital and St. George’s Hospital he turned to public health, working as assistant medical officer in Surrey before becoming in 1938 county medical officer for Radnorshire, where he made a study of tuberculosis in rural communities.

He served in the R.A.M.C, from 1940 to 1946 in North-West Europe, Italy, India and Japan, finally commanding a medical division. After the war he commanded No. 9 General Hospital A.E.R. He returned to Radnor, but his interest in clinical medicine had now developed and in 1947 he settled in consulting practice in his native community. On the introduction of the National Health Service he acted as physician to Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, but from 1950 worked in his native county and helped much in the planning of the new hospital at Abergwili.

In West Wales he was a notable public figure, acting as High Sheriff of his county in 1952, and in the same year was Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. Following in the strong Liberal traditions of his mother’s family—her brother, Thomas Ellis, had been Liberal Chief Whip in Gladstone’s fourth Government—he was president of the local Liberal Association, but was best known for his interest in sport. He had played tennis and cricket for Caius, obtained his Rugby blue, played for Wales and been a member of the British side that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1930. Later he quickly became a first-class golfer. Yet he retained his early interest in agriculture and took great pleasure and pride in his pedigree Friesian herd.

In 1938 he married Nesta, daughter of Dr Hector Jones, a general practitioner, and had one son.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1960, 2, 868-9 (p); Carmarthen Journal, 2 (p), 9, 23 Sept. 1960; Lancet, 1960, 2, 555, 606.]

(Volume V, page 221)

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