Morgan Jones Remembered At Bargoed Park
A plaque has been unveiled at Bargoed Park to mark the work of Morgan Jones, First World War conscientious objector and later MP for Caerphilly.
The plaque was unveiled on Friday 20 January by Cllr. Dianne Price, Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council in the company of Wayne David MP, Morgan Jones’ daughter Margaret Sheaff as well as Nick Sheaff and Claire Sheaff, two of Morgan Jones’ grandchildren. Also in attendance were representatives from Bargoed Town Council including Cllr. Tudor Davies, Mayor of Bargoed Town Council.
Morgan Jones was born in Gelligaer in 1885 and attended Lewis School Pengam before studying Education and Arts at Reading University, and later became a teacher at Gilfach Boys’ School. During the First World War Jones was a conscientious objector, a decision which saw him serve a prison sentence. He became Labour MP for Caerphilly in 1921, a post he held until his death in 1939. During his political career Jones served twice as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education, between 1924 – 1928 and 1929 to 1931.
Cllr. Dianne Price, Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council and ward member for Bargoed said: “It is an honour to unveil this plaque to celebrate the work and achievements of Morgan Jones. Born in Gelligaer and raised in Bargoed, his time spent studying and teaching in the Rhymney Valley led to a remarkable political career.”
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