Lloyd, Walter

Walter Lloyd is not listed on the main memorial in Gweraffield Church but he is commemorated on a separate, individual brass plaque in the church.

He is listed in De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour where there is a biography and a photograph. It tells us – He was born on the 17th July 1874 in Bagni di Lucca in Italy. His parents were Thomas Lloyd and Anne Lloyd (Nee Campbell). He was educated at Farnborough School and Wellington College. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant from the Militia to The Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 24th June 1896.


He became Captain on 1st January 1905. He served in Malta, Cairo and Crete with the 2nd Battn. He attended the sittings of the International Committees as Interpreter. Subsequently in Hong Kong and India. He retired from the army in 1911 but was recalled at the outbreak of the war and was posted to the 8th battn Royal Welsh Fusiliers and went with them to Gallipoli on 28th June 1915. He was killed in action at Anzac on the 7th August while leading his Company against overwhelming odds. He was buried in tThe Australian cemetery on the sea shore at Anzac. He was mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the field (London Gazette 28th January 1916).

He had married Phyllis Powell in Hong Kong in 1899 and had two daughters – Phylis Joan and Alma. Walter Lloyd’s will left an estate valued at £41, 341.. 18s ..2d to his wife Phyllis.

***The census of 1911 records Walter Lloyd living with his family at Hafod, Mold. (Now known as the Hotel and restaurant Plas Hafod). Walter was 36 and was described as a Captain in the regular Land Force. His wife of 11 years, Phyllis was 30. She had given birth to 2 children both of whom had survived. Their listed children were Phyllis Joan 9 and Alma 6. The rest of the household was made up of servants. There was a governess, a cook, 5 maids and a chauffeur. There was also listed a resident soldier – Edward George. They lived in 18 rooms.

There is a link to another Flintshire family. The Rogers family of Shotton sent their four sons to the war. Douglas, Edgar, Rowland and Percy. Follow the link to Douglas Rogers’s page to read how he was found dead by his own brother Rowland. Rowland returned from Gallipoli to tell how he had buried Douglas together with Captain Walter Lloyd. Later when the bodies were exhumed for reburial in the Military Cemetery, Douglas and Walter were placed in graves close to each other.

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