GUNNER EVAN EVANS
ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
31ST JULY 1917 AGE 22
BURIED: DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, BELGIUM
The lines come from 'Not Forgotten', a brief poem written by the Welsh bard Hedd Wynn, Private Ellis Humphrey Evans, to commemorate a friend killed in action in the early months of the war. The friend cannot have been Evan Evans because he was killed on the same day as Hedd Wyn himself.
Written in Welsh, the lines translate as, 'Neither his sacrifice nor his dear face will be forgotten. Mother'. The poem is inscribed on a plaque fixed to a statue of Hedd Wyn in his home town of Trawsfynydd. In translation it reads:
Neither his sacrifice nor his dear face will be forgotten
Though the Germans have stained their fist of steel in his blood