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David Lloyd George - The 'Welsh Wizard' - raised in a cobbler's cottage in Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth - was a champion of the poor and disenfranchised. Lloyd George stated, “Four spectres haunt the Poor — Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment". He was the founder of the Welfare State. His introduction of the Old Age Pensions and National Insurance was a great gift to the people of Britain. Standing up to the House of Lords, when they sought to block his reforms, was a monumental contribution to British democracy.

 

Lloyd George was the man who, as Minister of Munitions, Minister for War and eventually Prime Minister, helped to lead Britain through The Great War, and whose courage strengthened the nation's resolve in its darkest hours. In its aftermath, he played an important role in encouraging world leaders to sign the Treaty of Versailles.

Yet controversy was never far away and still continues to be the subject of much debate.

 

It must always be remembered that this was the first British politician to rise from humble origins to Number 10 Downing Street. The only Welshman to hold office of Prime Minister. His upbringing was crucial to the formulation and execution of his radical ideas later in life. He never forgot what it was to be poor, and he had a burning desire to improve the lives of the working class people.

 

He died at his home, Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, on 26 March, 1945 aged 82. He is buried in this grave designed by Clough Williams-Ellis (the Port Meirion architect) on the banks of the River Dwyfor, under the stone where he liked to sit as a boy.

 

The slate inscription reads:

The Grave of

David Lloyd George

(Earl Dwyfor)

The rough stone, stone of his heart, is the grave

of a man who was a hero to his people;

a beauteous watercolour is the merry Dwyfor,

t'will ever caress his grave.

W.R.P. George (Uncle).

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Taken on July 25, 2009