House of poet Hedd Wyn to become a museum

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Yr Ysgrwn, the Grade II listed farmhouse that was the home of Welsh poet Hedd Wyn, is to become a museum.

The house, near Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd, will be transformed following the grant of £150,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Hedd Wyn’s real name was Ellis Humphrey Evans and he was an established poet when he joined the 15th Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

He was killed in action at Pilkem Ridge in July 1917.

Interviewed in 1975, Simon Jones, a veteran of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, said:

‘We started over Canal Bank at Ypres, and he was killed half way across Pilkem.

‘I’ve heard many say that they were with Hedd Wyn and this and that, well I was with him… I saw him fall and I can say that it was a nosecap shell in his stomach that killed him. You could tell that…

‘He was going in front of me, and I saw him fall on his knees and grab two fistfuls of dirt… He was dying, of course… There were stretcher bearers coming up behind us, you see. There was nothing – well, you’d be breaking the rules if you went to help someone who was injured when you were in an attack.’

That September it was announced Hedd Wyn had won the National Eisteddford – the prize for which was an oak chair.

When it was discovered the winner had been killed the chair was draped in black.

The chair is now on display at Yr Ysgrwn.

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