1919 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1919 to Wales and its people.


*Prince of Wales - Edward, Prince of Wales, son of King George V of the United Kingdom
*Princess of Wales - "vacant"
*Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales - Dyfed


*13 January - The red flag is hoisted during a mutiny on HMS Kilbride at Milford Haven.
*4–5 March - Kinmel Park Riots at Bodelwyddan. Five men are killed and 28 injured.
*6 June - A race riot breaks out in Newport, Monmouthshire.
*11 June - Three people are killed in a 4-day race riot in Cardiff.
*10 July - Coalition Liberal candidate David Matthews wins the Swansea East by-election following the death of Thomas Jeremiah Williams MP.
*25 August - Fire destroys the Waterloo Hydro, Aberystwyth's largest hotel.
*20 December - Six seamen drowned while returning to their ship by boat at Milford Haven.
*John Sankey chairs the commission that recommends nationalisation of the coal industry.
*John Humphreys Davies becomes Principal of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
*Surgeon John Lynn-Thomas is knighted.
*James Cory, Cardiff shipping magnate, is created a baronet.
*William James Thomas (Trethomas) is created a baronet.

Arts and literature


*National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in Corwen)

*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair - D. Cledlyn Davies
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown - William Williams (Crwys)

New books

*Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney - "Noctes Flandricae"
*William Evans (Wil Ifan) - "Dail Iorwg"
*David Rees Griffiths - "Ambell Gainc"
*John Cowper Powys - "After My Fashion" (unpublished until 1980)
*W. Llewelyn Williams - "The Making of Modern Wales"




*Ivor Novello appears in his first film: "The Call of the Blood".


*Boxing - Jimmy Wilde goes on a tour of the USA, taking on all contenders.
*Quoits - Wales defeat England 219 - 203 at the Custom House in London.


*15 April - Emyr Humphreys, writer
*22 May - Glyn Davies, economist (died 2003)
*16 June - Morys Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare (died 2005)
*27 December - Brinley Rees, academic (died 2004)
*"date unknown" - Jonah Jones, novelist (died 2004)


* 3 January - James Hills-Johnes, Victoria Cross recipient
* 27 February - Robert Harris, Welsh-born painter
* 12 June - Thomas Jeremiah Williams, Coalition Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Swansea East
* 26 July - Griffith Jones (Gutyn Arfon), composer
* 27 September - Adelina Patti, singer
* 3 December - Volney Rogers, Welsh-American lawyer
*"date unknown"
** Thomas Francis Roberts, academic
** Arthur Owen Vaughan (Owen Rhoscomyl), novelist
** Richard Hughes Williams (Dic Tryfan), writer

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