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1916 in Wales

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1916 in Wales
Decades:  1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1916 to Wales and its people.

Contents

Incumbents

  • Prince of Wales - Edward
  • Princess of Wales - vacant
  • Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales - Dyfed
  • Events

  • 1 January
  • The Port Eynon lifeboat capsizes and three crew members die.
  • The Royal laryngologist John Milsom Rees is knighted.
  • 8 January – The Apostolic Church in Wales is established.
  • 2 February – Submarine HMS J4 is launched at Pembroke Dock.
  • 7 February – The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cardiff is established.
  • 1 March – Transfer of the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth into its purpose-built premises is completed.
  • 3 March – Light cruiser HMS Cambrian is launched at Pembroke Dock.
  • 31 May–1 June – Hugh Evan-Thomas distinguishes himself in the Battle of Jutland; he is later knighted.
  • 4 July – Royal Welch Fusiliers Lieutenant Siegfried Sassoon attacks a German trench single-handed, and records the outcome in his memoirs.
  • 7–12 July – The 38th (Welsh) Division loses so many men in the Mametz Wood action during the Battle of the Somme that it is unable to re-group for a year.
  • 12 July – Railway worker James Dally is awarded the Edward Medal by King George V for his actions in saving a colleague from falling from the Crumlin Viaduct.
  • July – Jimmy Thomas becomes General Secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen, which he had been instrumental in forming.
  • October – T. E. Lawrence is sent into the desert to report on the Arab nationalist movements.
  • 7 November – Charles Evans Hughes loses narrowly to Woodrow Wilson in the United States presidential election.
  • November – Christopher Williams visits the scene of the Welsh losses at Mametz Wood and later paints his famous The Welsh at Mametz Wood at the request of David Lloyd George.
  • 7 December
  • David Lloyd George is the first (and, as of a century later, only) Welshman to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • David Alfred Thomas is created Baron Rhondda. He is appointed President of the Local Government Board.
  • Awards

  • National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in Aberystwyth)
  • Chair - J. Ellis Williams
  • Crown - withheld
  • New books

  • Llewelyn Powys and John Cowper Powys - Confessions of Two Brothers
  • Richard Hughes Williams (Dic Tryfan) - Tair Stori Fer
  • Film

  • 22 April – Edmund Gwenn makes his screen debut in The Real Thing at Last.
  • Sport

  • Boxing: 14 February – Jimmy Wilde wins the British flyweight title at Liverpool.
  • Births

  • 26 February - Joan Strothers (later Lady Curran), scientist (died 1999)
  • 2 March - Eddie Watkins, rugby player (died 1995)
  • 29 April - William Squire, actor (died 1989)
  • 1 May - Glenn Ford, Welsh-Canadian actor (died 2006)
  • 6 May - Ted Peterson, British baseball player (died 2005)
  • 7 May - Huw Wheldon, broadcaster (died 1986)
  • 8 May - Sylvia Sleigh, painter (died 2010)
  • 22 May - Rupert Davies, actor (died 1976)
  • 3 July - Nigel Heseltine, writer (died 1995)
  • 23 August - Willie Davies, Wales international rugby union and league player (died 2002)
  • 29 August - Rhydwen Williams, poet, novelist and minister (died 1997)
  • 13 September - Roald Dahl, novelist (died 1990)
  • 14 September - Cledwyn Hughes, politician (died 2001)
  • 24 September - W. J. Gruffydd (Elerydd), poet and Archdruid (died 2011)
  • 31 October - Stan Trick, cricketer (died 1995)
  • Deaths

  • 12 March - Llywarch Reynolds, solicitor and Celtic scholar, 72
  • 14 March - Lou Phillips, Wales international rugby player, 38 (killed in action)
  • 18 March - David Cuthbert Thomas ("Dick Tiltwood"), soldier, 21 (killed in action)
  • 14 April - Charlie Pritchard, Wales international rugby player, 32 (killed in action)
  • May - John Griffiths, mathematician, 78?
  • 5 June - James Williams, footballer, 32 (killed in action)
  • 26 June - Henry Allan Rolls, heir presumptive to 2nd Baron Llangattock, 44
  • 27 June - Sarah Jane Rees (Cranogwen), writer and temperance activist, 78
  • 7 July - Dick Thomas, Wales international rugby player, 32 (killed in action at Mametz)
  • 12 July - Johnnie Williams, Wales international rugby player, 34 (died of wounds received at Mametz)
  • 14 July - David Watts, Wales international rugby player, 30 (killed in action)
  • 30 July - Eveline Willett Cunnington, social reformer in New Zealand, 67
  • 3 September - Horace Thomas, Wales international rugby player, 26 (killed in action)
  • 11 September - Thomas Lemuel James, Welsh-American banker and U.S. Postmaster-General (born 1831)
  • 28 September (in Bath, Somerset) - Richard Thomas, industrialist, 78
  • 7 October - Leigh Richmond Roose, footballer, 38 (killed in action)
  • 11 October - David Richard Thomas, historian, 83
  • 31 October - John Maclean Rolls, 2nd Baron Llangattock, 46 (killed in action)
  • 14 November - William Davies, footballer, 61
  • References

    1916 in Wales Wikipedia


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