Alfred Onions

Alfred Onions (30 October 1858 – 5 July 1921) was a Welsh Labour Party politician.

Onions in 1914

Born in St George's, Shropshire in England, Onions began work at the age of ten-and-a-half. He followed his father into coal mining, later relocating to work in Monmouthshire.[1]

Onions became the secretary of the Monmouth District of the Monmouthshire and South Wales District Miners' Association in 1888, serving until 1898, when it became part of the South Wales Miners' Federation (SWMF). His peers selected him to represent all the miners of South Wales at the International Miners' Conference in Paris in 1891. He was later the first treasurer of the SWMF.[1][2]

Onions was active in the Liberal-Labour movement, serving on local school boards, then on Monmouth County Council, becoming its chair. He was also the first chair of Risca Urban District Council. As the SWMF moved to support the Labour Party, Onions followed.[1]

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Caerphilly at the 1918 general election, but died in office in 1921, aged 62. His successor was Morgan Jones.


  1. ^ a b c Stenton, Michael; Lees, Stephen (1979). Who's Who of British Members of Parliament. III. Brighton: Harvester Press. p. 271. ISBN 0855273259.
  2. ^ Wearmouth, Robert F. (1959). Methodism and the Trade Unions. London: Epworth Press. pp. 46–47.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Caerphilly
Succeeded by
Morgan Jones
Trade union offices
Preceded by
New position
Agent for the Tredegar Valley District of the South Wales Miners' Federation
Succeeded by
George Davies
Preceded by
New position
Treasurer of the South Wales Miners' Federation
Succeeded by
Oliver Harris