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Leading Carmarthenshire Figure Receives Honorary Fellowship

23.07.2014

D T DaviesLeading Carmarthenshire figure David Tom Davies OBE, who suffered the effects of conflict as a prisoner in the Second World War, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Born on July 11th 1918, David Tom Davies attended Llandeilo Grammar School until 1934.

In 1939, he was conscripted into the Royal Artillery and although he was originally told that he would only serve for six months, he actually served for six years.

During this period, Mr Davies was taken prisoner of war at the Battle of Crete 1941. He escaped five times, eventually reaching Yugoslavia and joining the partisans. He was then invalided out to Italy and sent back to Britain where he was awarded a Military Medal. On his return, he was sent to the Royal Technical College, Glasgow and was eventually discharged in 1946.

With a school friend, Mr Davies began an Electrical Contractor business which he ran until 1987. He has been an active member of the community and served his locality diligently until his retirement in 2003.

He was elected a member of Carmarthenshire County Council in 1970; elected a member of Carmarthenshire County Council from 1970 to 1974; Dyfed County Council from 1974 to 1996 and Carmarthenshire County Council from 1996 to 2003. During his time in Local Government, Mr Davies was also Chairman of Dyfed County Council 1981-82 and on the reorganisation of Local Government in 1995, he was made Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chairman for 1995-97.

During this period, Mr Davies was also active in the field of education and served as Chairman of Schools Committee Dyfed CC; Chairman of Education Committee Dyfed CC; Chairman of Llanelli Further Education Campus; Chairman of Ammanford Further Education Campus; Governor of Trinity College and Governor of Tregib Comprehensive School.

Mr Davies was one of the original three members to start the National Botanical Garden Wales as well as Aberglasney Gardens where he is a Life Member.

Following a standing ovation from the Graduation Congregation, Mr Davies said: “I feel very humbled accepting this honour because I don’t feel that I’ve achieved as much as some of you have achieved. I’d like to congratulate all of you on attaining your degrees. This is your first degree, don’t stop there, keep going because you have the future before you.

“Let me tell you my way of thinking. There are three things I think, the first is respect. Respect yourselves, respect your families, respect your peers and your colleagues. The second is loyalty. Be loyal to yourself and be loyal to your parents, to your families, to your peers and to your colleagues. And thirdly I hope you do it all with humility so that people will respect you for your humility and also for the way that you treat everybody else.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

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