Llewelyn Wyn Griffith

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Llewelyn Wyn Griffith

Born(1890-08-30)30 August 1890
Died27 September 1977(1977-09-27) (aged 87)
Notable work
Up to Mametz

Llewelyn Wyn Griffith CBE (30 August 1890 – 27 September 1977) was a Welsh novelist, born in Llandrillo yn Rhos, Clwyd.[1] A captain in the 15th Royal Welch Fusiliers, part of the 38th (Welsh) Division during the First World War, he is known for his memoir, Up to Mametz, which he wrote in the early 1920s, although the work was not published until 1931.

Griffith was a career civil servant, and rose to a senior post in the Inland Revenue. He was a key helper to Sir Ernest Gowers in the writing of Plain Words in 1948. He was a well-known broadcaster, a founder-member of the Round Britain Quiz team. After retirement from the Inland Revenue he served as vice chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain.[2] He was appointed CBE in the 1961 Birthday Honours.

A continuation of his World War memoir, based on research into Griffith's papers, was published in 2010.[3]


Works by Griffith[edit]

  • Up to Mametz (1930)
  • Spring of Youth (1935)
  • The Wooden Spoon (1937)
  • The Way Lies West (1945)
  • The Barren Tree (1945)
  • The Welsh (1950)
  • The Adventures of Pryderi (1962)

Related works[edit]

  • Up to Mametz and Beyond (2010)


  1. ^ Meic Stephens (2007). Poetry 1900-2000. Summersdale Publishers Limited. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-84839-722-4.
  2. ^ "Dr Llewelyn Wyn Griffith – Distinguished Welsh writer and broadcaster", The Times, 29 September 1977, p. 14
  3. ^ "Llewellyn Wyn Griffith The Great War by Jonathon Riley". Generalship.org. Retrieved 20 January 2021.