from The Aberdare Leader, 4 August 1945

Aberdare County School Master Retires

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Mr. Aubrey Roberts, M.A. (Oxon), B.A. (Wales), for many years senior master and senior history master at the Aberdare Boys’ County School, after 40 years’ continuous service, under four head masters, is now leaving.

At Aberystwyth University College he was a member of the rugby, athletics, and swimming clubs for four years. At Oxford he was secretary of the Dafydd ap Gwilym Society and of the Oxford Welsh Society and organised the first Welsh dinner.

At the County School he originated the House system, the athletic and swimming sports, and refereed all the matches for very many years.

In town life he has also played his part. He has filled the chair of the St. Davids Lodge of Freemasons, been president and chairman of the Liberal Club, secretary of the Liberal Association, and local organiser for the great Lloyd George demonstration at Mountain Ash.

For many years an active church worker at Ebenezer, and for three years the superintendent of the Sunday School, he raised it to the largest in the valley.

Later on he became one of the founders and chairman of the Aberdare Rugby Club. He brought three International rugby teams to the Ynys, comprising two matches with the French schoolboys—one of which drew a record “gate” for such a match, and the third the New Zealand touring side of 1935.

Outside the Valley be was one of the founders of the University of Wales Liberal Association, for many years its secretary, and later chairman, and he appeared as a speaker on many a Liberal platform.

The achievement in which he takes most pride is the creation of the Welsh Secondary Schools Rugby Union. He was one of its original founders—for 11 years its treasurer, for two years its chairman, and then, as a reward, for his services, he was elected a life member. Truly a full and active life! May we soon find others of his type on the staff of the County School to take his place.


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