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S O Davies (Siegfried Owen) 1886-1972

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Born Abercwmboi, Aberdare. At age twelve began work in Cwmpennar pit. He went to night school to study mining engineering and won a scholarship to travel to the coalfields in Europe. In 1913 he obtained a BA in the social sciences from University College, Cardiff. In 1918 he became an agent of the South Wales Miners’ Federation for Dowlais and campaigned strongly for better working conditions for the miners.

He became elected as a member of the executive of the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain in 1924 and later that year he became vice-president until 1933. In 1934 he became MP for Merthyr standing as a member of the Labour Party. He was a committed socialist with a very active and outspoken political life. He often opposed the official party line and this led in 1970 to an attempt to remove him as MP for Merthyr, but he stood as Independent Socialist instead and still won the seat by more than 7000 votes.


Griffiths, Robert S.O.Davies: a socialist faith (Llandysul, 1983)

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S O Davies (Siegfried Owen) 1886-1972

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