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Letter sent by the poet Cynan from Salonica to his cousin, 4 August 1917 [image 1 of 6]

Letter sent by the poet Cynan from Salonica to his cousin, 4 August 1917 [image 1 of 6]
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This item comes from: Department of Manuscripts and Archives, University of Wales, Bangor (Item reference: Bangor 22363).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


In this letter, dated 4 August 1917, Cynan writes to his cousin, Megan, from Salonica where he is serving with the British Army. He says that he was very pleased to receive her letter about a week ago. He says that the letter cheered him up greatly for she writes in such an upbeat manner. He is not optimistic that they will be home by the end of the year but hopes for the best. There is a good chance if the British accept Germany's next peace offer.

The poet and dramatist, Albert Evans-Jones (Cynan, 1895-1970), was a native of Pwllheli. After studying at the University of North Wales, Bangor, he served as a soldier and later as a chaplain during the First World War. During the 1920s he was a Calvinistic Methodist minister at Penmaen-mawr, but in 1931 was appointed Tutor at his old college, where he remained until his retirement. He won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod three times (in 1921, 1923 and 1931), and the Chair in 1924. He also served as Archdruid of the Gorsedd of the Bards twice during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Department of Manuscripts and Archives, University of Wales, Bangor

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