Hedd Wyn – The Black Bard
This is a journey that begins on the hills of North Wales above Trawsfynydd. For this is the story of the Black Bard.
Published in Welsh Country Magazine, November 2005 (reproduced here with permission.)
Since I wrote the article I have come across some additional information which is held in the National Museum of Wales. It is an interview from 1975 with Simon Jones of Aberangell, who saw Ellis fall on the battlefield.
“…we were going over the top at half past four. We started over Canal Bank at Ypres and he was killed half way across Pilkem…I saw him fall and I can say that it was a nosecap shell in his stomach that killed him. You could tell that. You couldn’t stay with him – you had to keep going you see…there were stretcher bearers coming up behind us, you see. There was nothing – well, you’d be breaking the rules if went to help someone who was injured when you were in an attack. Your business was to keep going.”