John Elwyn Jones was born in Dolgellau and brought up in Bryn Mawr.
He translated work from German, Polish and French to Welsh, as well as publishing his own original work, including ‘Pum Cynnig i Gymro’ (‘Five chances for a Welshman’) in 1971, which was published in Polish, Uciekałem pięć razy, in 2017.
He joined the Welsh Guards at the beginning of the second world war, but was taken as a war prisoner near Boulogne in 1940. After he escaped, he joined the Polish War before returning, through Sweden, back to Britain. After the war, he worked as a teacher in Dr Williams School in Dolgellau.