Time to remember the Welshman who won the war?

Armistice 2018

University of South Wales’ Professor Russell Deacon thinks so!

A century ago people in Britain were celebrating the end of the most vicious and destructive war in these Islands history, The Great War. Few families in Wales and elsewhere had been left unscarred by this most brutal of conflicts. The praise for ending this conflict, however, was concentrated on one man above all others. That man was the Welsh Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, who for the previous four and a half years had been central to the war effort both civilian and military. Now known as ‘the man who won the war’, his name was on everyone’s lips but today he seems to be something of a forgotten figure. This is a fact that University of South Wales Professor Russell Deacon is seeking to redress in a series of talks on Lloyd George across Wales this Autumn.

Professor Deacon said:  

"David Lloyd George is the only Prime Minister in British history whose first language was not English, it was Welsh. He was also someone who was very proud of being Welsh and Wales. Despite these facts there is very little celebration of David Lloyd George’s role and achievements either in Wales or elsewhere. There are no grand buildings, hospitals, bridges, parks named after him in Wales or in even in London. In Wales his statue remains almost hidden in front to the National Museum rather than placed outside of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay or Welsh Government in Cathays Park.  On this important date in our nation’s history therefore it is important for people to learn a little bit more about one of the leading figures in our history. The talks I am giving should help in this process."

Professor Deacon is giving a number of talks across Wales entitled: David Lloyd George - The truth against the world. These include the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on 24 November and Gwent Archives on the 13 December 2018. These can be booked directly though the various bodies own websites.