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Rt. Rev. William Thomas Havard MC (23 October 1889 – 17 August 1956) was a Welshmarker First World War military chaplain, and rugby union international player who was later successively bishop of two dioceses of the Church in Wales: St Asaph and St David's.

Life

Havard was born in Defynnog, Brecknockshiremarker, the third son of William Havard, a deacon of the local congregational chapel, and his wife Gwen. He attended Breconmarker county school before studying at University College of Wales, Aberystwythmarker, where he graduated with a 3rd-class BA degree in history in 1912. Having been raised in the congregationalist Christian tradition, he was confirmed as a member of the Church in Wales after graduating. He then trained for ordination at St. Michael's College, Llandaff and was ordained deacon in 1913 and priest in 1914. He was curate of Llanellimarker from 1913 to 1915.

Havard became a chaplain to the armed forces during the First World War, serving from 1915 to 1919, retaining an honorary commission as chaplain to the forces, 4th class. He was Mentioned in Despatches in 1916 and was awarded the Military Cross in the 1918 New Year Honours. After the war, he was chaplain of Jesus College, Oxfordmarker from 1919 to 1921 (obtaining an MA degree in 1921). Whilst at Oxford, he won his "Blue" for playing rugby against Cambridge Universitymarker. On 21 April 1919, Havard played for the Wales national rugby union team in a friendly match against the New Zealandmarker Services. It was to be the only time that Havard played for Wales. Havard was also part of the Jesus College rugby team that won the inter-collegiate cup in 1920.

After leaving Oxford, Havard became curate of Brecon (1921–22), vicar of Hookmarker (1922–24), vicar of St Luke's, Batterseamarker (1924–28) and vicar of St Mary's, Swanseamarker (1928–34). He was a canon of Brecon Cathedralmarker from 1930 to 1934. He succeeded Alfred George Edwards as Bishop of St Asaph in September 1934 when Edwards retired. He had in 1923 he returned to a more active army role, joining the Territorials in his previous grade on 8 May 1923, he was then promoted to Chaplain, 3rd class on 21 February 1925 before being appointed to a reserve commission on 6 January 1934, which he retained until reaching the age-limit for the position in 1949, when he was again granted an honorary commission. On 18 June 1940 he was appointed a Chaplain and Sub-Prelate of the Venerable Order of Saint John. He was translated to St David'smarker in succession to David Lewis Prosser in 1950.

He was regarded as a powerful preacher in both Welsh and in English, with his sermon on the Sunday before the National Eisteddfod often being broadcast. He was Select Preacher at St. Andrew's Universitymarker (1943) and Canterburymarker (1946), and travelled to Yale Universitymarker in 1951 as a special lecturer and preacher. He was prominent in educational activities, chairing the education council of the Church in Wales, and acting as Visitor to St. David's Collegemarker, Llandovery College, Trinity College, Carmarthenmarker and St John's College, Ystrad Meurigmarker. Havard died on 17 August 1956 and was buried in Brecon.

References

  1. Chaplains of this grade wear rank insignia identical to that of captains in the rest of the army
  2. (equivalent rank insignia to a Major)



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