The Municipal Elections for the town in November were keenly contested,
those elected being:-
Dr. J. H. Williams, 604.
Richard Mumford, 541 .
William Morgan, 554. Philip White, 507.
The unsuccessful candidates were George Davies and T. E Williams. Later in
the same month,
W. G. Eaton Evans defeated George Davies in a bye-election by S82 to 434
Other interesting items of the year 1895
I. In his charge to the Grand Jury of the Haverfordwest Quarter Sessions in
October, Judge Stephenson Owen, brother of Dr. Henry Owen, F.S.A., on a case
of picking the pocket of a lady stated:-
"I strongly condemn the prevailing fashion of constructing pockets in
ladies' dresses. The pockets are placed in such a position which makes
robbery from them a comparatively easy process and I sometimes think that
this fashion was invented by a pick-pocket for the benefit of his
2. Fines for speeding and dangerous driving of a horse and trap were pretty
severe in those days, as the following incident testifies:-
For furiously driving a horse and trap in Ruther Lane and upsetting a donkey
cart driven by a woman who was thrown out, a man was summoned at the
Haverfordwest Petty Sessions and fined £1 and costs.
3. About this time a horse belonging to Mr. Buckland, who kept a draper's
shop in Bridge Street on the site of the present Woolworths Stores, ran away
down Portfield and crashed into the iron lamp-post (which occupied the same
spot where the present electric standard has been erected at the top of Barn
Street) and broke it off about 3 feet from the ground.
The horse, which was terribly injured, was shot
by the late Mr. W. Roch James who lived nearby in the big Ivy House,
4-. Here are the prices of meat, poultry, etc., as listed in the Market
House in October, 1895:-
Geese, 5s. to 5s. 9d. each, Ducks, 2s. 3d. to 3s. each, Fowls, 2s. to 2s.
9d. each, Butter, 1Id. to 1s. 1d.
per lb. Cheese, 5d. to 5½d. per lb. Beef, 6d. to 8d. per lb.
Mutton, 6d. to 8d. per lb. Lamb, 6½d. to 8d. per lb. Pork, 6d. to 7d. per
lb. Veal, 5d. to 6d. per lb.
Eggs, 12 for a shilling Potatoes, 16lbs. for 1s.
1900 . 0ur early reverses in the Boer War, which broke out in IS99, brought
forth a call for volunteers for service in South Africa, and four members of
the local company of the 1St V.B., the Welch Regiment, Sergeant Tom White,
and Privates Jack John, Morgan Mathias and Jack Rees were accepted and went
overseas after a tumultuous send-off. They all survived the war and received
a magnificent welcome on their return, but in the First World War, Morgan
Mathias made the supreme sacrifice, while serving as a Sergt.-Major in the
4th Welch at the Suvla Bay Landing in 1915. There is a memorial tablet to
Sergt. Tom White in St. Mary's Church, of which he was a chorister for 35
The Pembrokeshire Yeomanry also supplied. a strong contingent for service,
which included many Haverfordwest men, and others served in other regiments.
The Memorial, which was erected on the site of the old Guildhall in High
Street in grateful memory of the 44 Pembrokeshire men who gave their lives
during this war, was unveiled on the 21st October, 1904, by Earl Cawdor,
Lord Lieutenant of Pembrokeshire.