Ellis (Hedd Wyn) Humphrey Evans

Edited by : RhianJames Wales at War / Cymru yn y Rhyfel 09/09/2015

Date of Birth: 13/1/1887

Place Of Birth: Penlan, Trawsfynydd

Date of Death: 31/7/1917

Location died: Pilckem Ridge, Ypres

Gender: Male

Where buried: Artillery Wood Cemetery, Belgium

  • Date of birth - 13/1/1887

    Where? - Penlan, Trawsfynydd

  • Date Enlisted - 1916

    Where? - N/A

    Age - 29

    As -

  • Battles

  • Date of the battle - 31/7/1917

    Where? - Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres)

  • Ranks

  • Rank Date - N/A

    Rank - As Private

    Service - British Army

    As - Royal Welsh Fusiliers

    Service number - 61117

  • Date of Death - 31/7/1917

    Where? - Pilckem Ridge, Ypres


  • Father - Evan Evans
  • Mother - Mary Evans


  • Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd

Language(s) spoken

  • Welsh

Additional Information

Ellis Humphrey Evans is perhaps better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn. He was a gifted poet and had competed in many local eisteddfodau under the pseudonym HeddWyn. He won his first eisteddfod chair in Bala in 1907. He was posthumously awarded the bardic chair on 6 September at the 1917 National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead, near Liverpool - under the pseudonym 'Fleur-de-lis' - following his death in the Third Battle of Ypres (also known as Passchendaele) six weeks previously. The winning awdl (or ode) was called ‘Yr Arwr’, or ‘The Hero’, and was completed while he was serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in France. During the ceremony, the empty chair, which was made by a craftsman from Flanders, was draped in a black sheet. The Eisteddfod is now more commonly known as ‘The Eisteddfod of the Black Chair’. The chair still resides at the family home in Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd.

Occupation prior to the war

  • Shepherd
  • Poet