Thursday, 4 February 2016

Iolo Aneurin Williams (1890 - 1967) – Welsh Poet, Journalist, Writer and Art Historian

Born in Middlesborough, Yorkshire on 18th June 1890, his father was the Labour Member of Parliament Aneurin Williams and his mother was Helen Elizabeth, nee Pattinson.  He had one sibling – Helen Ursula Williams.
Iolo Aneurin was educated at Rugby School before going on to Cambridge.  In 1911, the Williams family were living in Hindhead, Surrey.
During the First World War Iolo Aneurin was a Captain in the West Yorkshire Regiment and served in France and Flanders.
In 1920, he married an American – Francion Elinor Rixon from Colorado, USA and they had a son and two daughters.
Iolo Aneurin Williams died on 18th January 1962.
His WW1 poetry collections were:
‘New Poems’ Methuen 1919
‘Poems’, Methuen 1915
And his poems were featured in seven First World War poetry Anthologies.
and Catherine W. Reilly ‘English Poetry of the First World War A Bibliography’ (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1978)