Lloyd, Thomas

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Saltney

Name / Enw: Lloyd, Thomas

Regiment/Catrawd: Cheshire Regiment 11th Bn

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 4351

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Pier and Face 3 C and 4 A.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British War Medals

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action age 21 years

Thomas Lloyd was born circa 1895 the son of George & Sarah Lloyd (nee Speed) who had married in St. Mary’s Church (Cheshire West CE14/10/193) in 1894.

Thomas is seen for the first time on the 1901 census living with his family at Rough Hill, Marlston-with-Lache, Chester.   Head of the household was George, 27 a General Labourer Sts. Ry., which I presume to be the Railway.   He had been born in Chester, Cheshire and his wife Sarah , 31, had been born in Lache, Cheshire, which is where all the children were born.   Thomas, 6, Horace, 4 and their sister Edith, 1, made up the family.

By 1911 the family had moved to Lache, Claverton, Eccleston, Eaton ,Marlston-cum-Lache,Chester., George, 36 was now a Labourer in Station Coal Yard, Sarah was 40 years old.   Thomas is missing from this census, but his brother Horace, now 14 was a Helper in the Coal Yard.   Sons, John, 6, William, 2, had been born and joined the family and the only girl in the family, Edith, 12 was at School.   There was a Nephew, Harold Lloyd, 3 months old, who had been born in Chorley, Lancashire.

I have no indication that Thomas was in the Army before the war, for I cannot find his Attestation Papers, but his War Gratuity was the average for a man who had enlisted at the beginning of the war, and I cannot find him on the 1911 census.  I can only presume that he was in the Saltney area before the war for him to be remembered, was this the right Thomas Lloyd?    Any help would be appreciated.

Thomas Lloyd in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his mother Sarah who received £1 10s 3d on the 12th February 1917 and his War Gratuity of £3 on the 9th September 1919.

Thomas Lloyd in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals, but does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.

He was loved as his name was put forward to be included on the Roll of Honour.