Rhagor - Opening our national collections

Rememberance

A look at two very different stories on remembering the Great War.

There are now very few people alive who remember the First World War. The memories, photographs and souvenirs of that generation have now been passed on to children and grandchildren who may or may not understand their emotional significance. However some relatives have a strong sense of their responsibility, ensuring that the stories of the Great War are still told.

Here we present two quite different stories.

Gadair_Ddu.flv
Gerald Williams, nephew of Hedd Wyn interviewed in the family home, Yr Ysgwrn




Mr Gerald Williams still lives at Yr Ysgwrn, the home of his grandparents and his uncle, Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known as the poet Hedd Wyn. In accordance with his grandmother's wishes, Mr Williams welcomes thousands of visitors to the house every year, to see the bardic chair that Hedd Wyn won posthumously at the 1917 National Eisteddfod — "the Eisteddfod of the Black Chair".










my_fathers_war.flv
Gwyneth Edwards' father had begun to write his memoirs of the war, but died before they were completed. Mr. Edwards feels very strongly that it is her responsibility to do what is possible to finish the task for him.

Ms Gwyneth Edwards is the only child of Pearce Stanley Edwards BSc, who joined the Royal Flying Corps as an 18-year-old boy in the late stages of the War. As a young girl, Gwyneth grew up with his mementoes of the war and his stories of his experiences. They sparked an interest that led her to become a lecturer in German studies. Her father had begun to write his memoirs of the War, but died before they were completed. Gwyneth Edwards feels very strongly that it is her responsibility to do what is possible to finish the task for him.





The videos require Flash Player, which can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.

0 comments

Leave a comment


Rate this article

Content:     

Images:     

Style and readability: