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Council was established on a date unknown but prior to 11th March, 1920.

In November, 1920 a request was made to Mr. Higman by the Assistant National Secretary, London, for a report of the work in Wales during the previous year. Whilst there is no trace of the report sent, the letter which accompanied it, dated 17th November, is still available. In this letter are given the names of the elected officers of the Welsh Council, and other valuable information:

President: Rt. Hon. Thomas Richards, P.C., Treasurer: J. E. Evans, Newport. Chairman: Hugh Bellingham, Swansea.

The following members of the Welsh Council were elected to represent it on the National Council and to serve on the Executive Committee of the latter:

A. W. Tench


S. Soloman


W. J. Holloway


William Jones


J. E. Evans


W. Aston


This information would seem to indicate that not only had the Welsh National Council been established but its Officers had also been elected. It is also clear that an Executive Committee had been formed.

Between the time of receiving the letter from Mr. F.J. Chamberlain and the formation of the Welsh Council, at least a year and a half would have elapsed so that the probable date of its founding would be late in 1918 or in early 1919.

A constitution was drawn up and printed but it was not submitted to the National Council to be ratified, nor was it at any time implemented by the Council.

The administrative area of the Welsh National Council was the whole of Wales.

In 1919, three Secretaries were appointed to serve on the staff of Mr. F. S. Higman, with responsibility for directing departmental activities of the Council. The persons appointed had previously been engaged in canteen management with the Forces or had given considerable voluntary service. Mr. John Howell relinquished the headship of a Tenby School to direct YMCA Boys' Work in Wales, Rev. W. J. Pate became Educational Secretary and Rev. George Lewis took up the duties of directing Appeals efforts.

The burden of responsibility laid heavily upon Mr. Higman. His tasks were many. They included closing down Forces Centres, transferring huts to rural villages to be used as Red Triangle Clubs and the revival of the Cardiff YMCA and its dependent Institutes. Financial problems relating to Forces Work were serious with an anticipated estimated deficit of £19,500.

The strain and intensity of it all took its toll and led to a period of illness and the need for a prolonged rest for Mr. Higman. He suggested relinquishing his national work duties and that either one of his staff should take over, or a senior member of the National Council staff be released for temporary service in Wales. He desired to retain his position as General Secretary of the Cardiff YMCA.

Sir Arthur Yapp, Secretary of the National Council, London, acquiesced to the request, which resulted in Mr. W. H. Drake, Director of Personnel

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