Broadcasting in Welsh began from Bryn Meirion Bangor in 1935 and W. H. Roberts took part in very many feature programmes produced by Sam Jones , Ifan O. Williams , Dafydd Gruffydd and John Gwilym Jones . He won the champion elocution prize at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod in 1937 and also took part in plays broadcast from Cardiff, sometimes under the direction of T. Rowland Hughes and including some by Saunders Lewis , 'Amlyn ac Amig' (with Hugh Griffith ), 'Buchedd Garmon'. He served in the army during World War II and went to India, to Calcutta and Mysore, in 1942. He resumed his career on his return to Newborough and became well known as an elocution adjudicator. He was honoured with the white robe by the gorsedd of bards in Caernarfon in 1959. He published his reminiscences (with a photograph), Aroglau gwair, in 1981; his lecture, with casette, ‘Iaith lafar Mon’ was published in 1984.
He m. Margaret Elisabeth Evans of Newbrorough in August 1937 and they had two sons. He died at his home in Dwyran, Anglesey 6 April 1982 and he was buried in Ebeneser chapel cemetery, Newborough 17 April 1982.
Owen D. Roberts
Published date: 2008