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SIR JOHN CECIL-WILLIAMS, M.A., LL.D. SIR JOHN CECIL-WILLIAMS, Honorary Secretary of the Society since 1934, died at Hampstead on 30 November 1964. He was born in London on 14 October 1892. His father was Dr. John Cadwaladr Williams of Paddington and Cerrigydrudion. He went to school at Cerrigydrudion and then to the City of London School. He graduated M.A., LL.B.(Cambridge), from Gonville and Caius College, and took Honours in the Final Examination for Solicitors. He joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers at the beginning of the War of 1914-18 and was three times wounded in France. After being admitted a Solicitor in 1920 he became a prominent figure in legal circles in London. Sir John's range of interests was wide. Everything that happened in the public life of Wales was of immediate concern to him. He was a member of the Court and Council of the National Library and a member of the Court of the University and of the National Museum of Wales. He spoke and cherished the noble Welsh of Uwchaled. For many years he had enthusiastically presided over the Denbighshire Society in London. The root and strength of his unstinted devotion both to the Honourable Society and to Wales came from his profound and jealous love for the patrimony which he had inherited from his forbears in Denbighshire. His election in 1934 as Honorary Secretary was to be of immeasurable benefit to the Society, and the award of the Cymmrodorion Medal to him in 1962 was grateful recognition of his great achievement in invigorating, planning and guiding the Society's activities for thirty years. He was Knighted in 1951, and in the same year he received the degree of LL.D. honoris causa from the University of Wales. The Committal Service was at Golders Green Crematorium on 5 December 1964, following a service at Christ Church, Hamp- stead; the Rev. D. T. Jarvis, Vicar of Christ Church, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Aneurin Jones. A Memorial Service, con- ducted by the Rev. Richard Jones, was held at the Welsh Pres- byterian Church, Charing Cross Road, London, on 9 December. It was attended by a distinguished congregation, including the Secretary of State for Welsh Affairs, all of whom came to remember with deep gratitude the fruitful richness of Sir John's life and to show their sympathy with Lady Cecil-Williams, Mr. John Cecil- Williams and other members of the family. Tributes were paid by the President of the Society, Sir Thomas Parry-Williams, and by the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Wyn Griffith-the one in Welsh and the other in English. Both tributes are published here.