Waldo Goronwy Williams was born on 30 September 1904, in the town of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire in West Wales. Waldo was the third born of five children including three sisters, Morvydd, Mary and Dilys and a brother, Roger. Their father, John Edwal was headmaster of Prendergast School. Before his appointment in 1900 he had taught in England for around 15 years, mostly in Sheffield where he became influenced by the radical ideas of Edward Carpenter, one of the early socialists. But he was a native of Llandysilio in Pembrokeshire.
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