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LEWIS , ALUN ( 1915 - 1944 ), poet ;

b. 1 July 1915 at Aberdare, Glam. , s. of Thomas John Lewis , schoolmaster , and Gwladys Elizabeth (née Evans ) . He was educated at Glynhafod elementary school , 1920-26 , Cowbridge Grammar School , 1926-32 , University College of Wales , Aberystwyth ( B.A. with honours in History) 1932-35 , Manchester University ( M.A. with research in medieval history), 1935-37 , and Aberystwyth again, 1937-38 . He taught for a time at Lewis' School , Pengam , but without waiting to be called up joined the Army in May 1940 . He had begun to contribute to literary journals in 1938 , and in 1940-41 was a mover in the ‘ Caseg Broadsheets ’ venture. On 5 July 1941 he married Gweno Ellis of Aberystwyth . This same year appeared his first volume of poems, Raiders’ Dawn , and in 1942 a volume of short stories, The Last Inspection . He was commissioned in October 1941 , and a year later proceeded to India . On 5 March 1944 , a lieutenant with the 6th Batt. South Wales Borderers , he died on active service on the Arakan front. A second volume of poems, Ha, ha! Among the Trumpets , was published posthumously in 1945 ; a selection of his letters to his parents and wife, Letters from India was published in 1946 ; and the uncollected short stories together with a reprint of the Letters in In the Green Tree in 1948 . There was no issue of his marriage.

Sources:

  • In the Green Tree , London, 1948 (preface by A. L. Rowse , Postscript by Gwyn Jones );
  • Alun John , Alun Lewis , 1970 ;
  • John Pikoulis , Alun Lewis, a life , 1983 ;
  • Gwenno Lewis , ed. Alun Lewis, letters to my wife , 1989 ;
  • Ulrich Schäfer , Alun Lewis, a bibliography , 1986 ;
  • Cary Archard Alun Lewis Collected Poems , 1994 .

Author:

Professor Gwyn Jones, M.A., (1907-99), Aberystwyth / Cardiff

Published date: 2001