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Jones, Jackfree

Jones, Jackfree

CBE 1948

Born 24 Nov. 1884; e s of David and Sarah Ann Jones; m 1st, 1908, Laura Grimes Evans; two s one d (and two s decd); 2nd, 1954, Gladys Morgan; died 7 May 1970

author and playwright, since 1934


St David’s Elementary School, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan


Miner for 27 years from age of twelve, 1896–1923; Trades Union Official, 1923–28; contested Neath Constituency (L), 1929. Served European War, 1914–18, in Welch Regt; two lecture tours in America and European battlefronts during War of 1939–45


autobiography: Unfinished Journey, 1937; Me and Mine, 1946; Give Me Back My Heart, 1950; plays: Land of My Fathers, 1937; Rhondda Roundabout, 1939; Transatlantic Episode, 1947; novels: Rhondda Roundabout, 1934; Black Parade, 1935; Bidden to the Feast, 1938; Off to Philadelphia in the Morning, 1947; Some Trust in Chariots, 1948; River Out of Eden, 1951; Lily of the Valley, 1952; Lucky Lear, 1952; Time and the Business, 1953; Choral Symphony, 1955; biography: The Man David, 1944


57 Pen-y-dre, Rhiwbina, Cardiff