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John Cecil Davies

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John Cecil Davies (c1864-1927), Vice-President of Baldwins

1927 Obituary [1]

Sir JOHN C. DAVIES, C.B.E., J.P., Vice-President of Baldwins Ltd., died on August 29, 1927, at his residence, "Stelvio," Newport, aged sixty-three years.

A native of Gowerton, near Swansea, he entered the industry at quite an early age, and his exceptional ability enabled him to rise from the position of a furnaceman to one of the most responsible in the trade. Under his guidance the resources of Baldwins Ltd. were utilised to their full for the manufacture of shell steel during the war.

He was one of the founders of the Swansea National Shell Factory at Landore, and throughout acted as Chairman of the Board of Management. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Ministry of Munitions controlling the shell factories in the various areas, and represented the Ministry in the allocation of steel supplies in South Wales. His services during the war gained him both the C.B.E. and the Cross of the French Legion of Honour. He was knighted in 1923.

In addition to his vast business interests he for many years took an active part in local government in the Swansea district. He was Vice- Chairman of the South Wales Siemens Steel Association, besides being a member of the Executive Committee of the Welsh Plate and Sheet Manufacturers' Association and of the National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1899.

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