Born: 5th October 1888, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Died: 21st April 1918; age 30; Died of Wounds – Etaples.

Residence: 38, All Saints Road, Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 17th August 1914.


Rank: Temporary Captain.

Regiment; The Queen’s, Gloucestershire Regiment, 8th Battalion.

Formerly 636, 16th Lancers.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp + Military Cross awarded 7th June 1917. Gazetted 25th August 1917 – Issue 30901. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the following Award to the undermentioned, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field. Awarded the Military Cross. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He covered the withdrawal of his battalion with great skill, and did not vacate his position until under enfilade fire from both flanks. By his masterly stand two batteries of artillery were able to make good withdrawal.

The Battle of Messines 7th – 14 June

7th June 1917 The British attacked with the Anzac Corps – detonation of 19 mines buried deep beneath the German front, destroying large tracks of the German first and second lines.

The 8th Battalion moved up in the second wave of attack towards Messines–Wytschaete Ridge. A strong point at Plateau Farm and Hollandscheschur Farm, which were protected by a trench system known as the Nag’s Head.

The mines went up at 03.10am and by 09.30am many first objectives had been taken. The Division then halted until mid-afternoon to consolidate their new positions.  The 8th Gloucestershire Regiment and 8th North Staffordshire Regiment then led the advance, again meeting little opposition, taking on a final line between Bug Wood and Van Hove Farm, east of Oosttaverne.


Grave Reference:


Etaples Military Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Relatives: Son of Francis & Emma Lloyd, of 38, All Saints Road, Ipswich.




1891   34, Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich.


James was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Francis Lloyd, 41, a Pork Butcher, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Emma Lloyd (nee Barnes), 40, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Emma Lloyd, 16, a Machinist – Clothing, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich – died 1894, Ipswich.

Frances Elizabeth Lloyd, 13, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Francis Alfred Lloyd, 10, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich – drowned 2nd August 1892, at Ipswich dock, Ipswich.

Julia Isabella Lloyd, 5, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

William Lloyd, 1, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.


1901   17, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


James was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Francis, 52, a Pork Butcher – own account.

Emma, 40.

Isabella, 15.

William, 12.

2 visitors.


1911   Cavalry Barracks, Barrack Street, Norwich, Norfolk.


James was 23 years old, a Soldier ranked a Lance Corporal for the 17th Lancers.


James’s mother, Emma Lloyd died 1909, Ipswich.


James’s brother, (Frank) Francis Alfred Lloyd lost his life at the age of 11 years, when he drowned in Ipswich dock.

East Anglian Daily Times – 3rd August 1892.


A sad accident occurred at Ipswich early on Tuesday morning. It appears that a lad named Frank Lloyd, about 11 years of age, son of Francis Lloyd, a pork butcher, of 1, Mount Street, and employed in selling milk, was doing his rounds as usual when he had occasion to board a vessel lying near Messrs. Parckard’s crane in order to deliver some milk. In doing so he apparently slipped and fell into the water. A quay labourer named William Cocker and Police-constable Hughes were called to the the spot, but when the body was recovered by them about nine o’clock life was found to be extinct.

The Borough Coroner held the inquest on the body at the Shirehall Board Schools in the evening.- Mr. Webster Adams, surgeon, was the first witness, and he stated that when he was called life was quite extinct, death due to drowning.- Francis Lloyd, the father of the deceased, deposed that he saw his son alive at a little after seven in the morning; the lad ought to have returned home at half past eight. _ harry Webb, cook on the barge Malvinia, said that the deceased came on board the barge to sell milk. Witness, who was in the cabin, handed him up a mug. The deceased then disappeared with the can, and witness upon going on deck after the milk, missed the boy. His hat laid in the water between the wharf and the barge. Witness at once called the mate, who was also down the cabin. The police were sent for, and upon Police-constable Hughes arriving, the body was recovered. In the meantime, the mate endeavoured to recover the body, which was not in sight, with the boat hook. The deceased had been to the barge the previous morning. – The mate, David Webb, gave similar evidence, adding that they heard no splashing nor any cries. – Police-constable Hughes stated the he recovered the body with drag lines. The water between eight and nine feet deep. Witness endeavoured to restore animation at once, but upon Mr. Adams, who had been called, stating that the boy was dead, the body was removed to the mortuary. – The Coroner summed up, and the Jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased was “Found Drowned.” 

The Queen’s, Gloucestershire Regiment, 8th Battalion


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