Edgar Evans (Bedlinog)

Scope and Content

Material relating to Bedlinog Council of Action including minute-book and member's card 1926-1929; copy depositions taken at Merthyr: Rex v. Thomas Thomas and others on charge of unlawful and riotous assembly 1923; personal correspondence, undated (c1928) and 1936; Material relating to Bedlinog Workmen's Hall and Institute including rules, undated (c1935) and membership certificate 1953; poems and verses, undated (?early-mid 20th century) and 1936; notes on company unions, undated (c1971); election addresses for Communist Party candidates at local elections 1948 and undated (c.1955).

Administrative / Biographical History

Edgar Evans was born in 1900 and was an ironmonger in Bedlinog. He joined the Communist Party in 1926 and was Branch Secretary at Bedlinog 1926-1943 and also sat on the Welsh Committee of the Communist Party 1933-1957. In 1934 he was elected to a seat on the Gelligaer Urban District Council. However, he was imprisoned in 1936 for 9 months charged with 'incitement to riot' due to his heavy involvement in the 1934 Taff-Merthyr Dispute. As a consequence of this prison sentence he was deprived of his Civil Liberties for 10 years and only regained his seat on the council in 1947.

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