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“War Heroes and Poets”

Swansea, United Kingdom
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“War Heroes and Poets”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Artillery Wood Cemetery is near Boezinge, not far from the N369 north of Ieper. Designed by the famous architect Sir Reginald Blomfield, who also designed the Menin Gate. There are 1307 burials, here but it is probably visited more often for being the burial place of two famous poets, one Welsh the other Irish. The Irish poet Francis Edward Ledwidge , Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers is buried in Plot 2( CWGC plans use Roman numerals for plots so will look like 11) Row B, Grave 5 and the Welsh poet Ellis Humphrey Evans 'Hedd Wyn' is also buried in plot 2, Row F, Grave 11.If you are going to visit a CWGC Cemetery, it is advisable to visit their website and download the cemetery plan and mark the graves you want to visit, by looking up the casualty list. If you don't you can always find the information in the bronze registry box in the shelter building at the entrance, or in small cemeteries in the walls near the entrance gates.
Both poets were born the same year, 1887, both were killed the same day 31 st July 1917, both as a result of artillery shells. Ledwidge, being blown to bits with 5 comrades. There is a memorial just outside the cemetery marking the event consisting of an information board and Irish flag. Ellis has become famous as Hedd Wyn, ( Blessed Peace) his Bardic name. He posthumousley won the National Eisteddford Chair on 6 th September 1917, where it was announced he had been killed. On most visits to this cemetery you will find people visiting purely to pay their respects to these 2 fine poets. If you proceed along the Langemarck Road, you will come to a memorial on the right hand side of the road, comprising a Welsh flag, slate tablet and image of Hedd Wyn, near the spot he was mortally wounded.

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