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JONES , HERMAN ( 1915 - 1964 ), minister (Congl.) and poet ;

b. 24 Jan. 1915 at 12 Caradog Place , Deiniolen, Caern. , son of Hugh Edward Jones , undertaker and builder , and Elizabeth his wife. He was educated at the council school, Deiniolen , Brynrefail county school , the Normal College , Bangor , and he was accepted to Bala-Bangor College 29 Sept. 1938 . He graduated with honours in Welsh in 1941 and M.A. in 1953 . He did not complete his theological course as he accepted a call to Salem , Porthmadog , and was ordained there 21 July 1943 . He moved to Jerusalem , Burry Port and was inducted there on 17 Nov. 1954 . He remained there until his death in hospital at Bangor , 3 June 1964 , as a result of a sudden heart attack . He was in great demand as a preacher , and in his preaching he belonged to the poetic and illustrative tradition.

He blossomed early as a poet , winning many prizes in local eisteddfodau before winning the crown at the national eisteddfod at Cardigan ( 1942 ) for a poem on ‘ Ebargofiant ’. Simplicity, conciseness, skilfulness and lyricism characterized his poetry. He published Hanes Eglwys Annibynnol Jerusalem, Burry Port, 1812-1962 ( 1962 ), and after his death the substance of his M.A. thesis, Y Soned yn Gymraeg hyd 1900 was published ( 1967 ). On 14 Aug. 1946 he m. Ffion Mai , d. of David Thomas , Bangor ( 1880 - 1967 ; see below) , and they had two sons.

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg , 1965 , 152-3;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Rev. Principal Robert Tudur Jones, D.Phil., (1921-98), Bangor

Published date: 2001