Born: 6th September 1860, Ireland.

Baptised: Garrison Chapel, Cork, Ireland.

Died: 26th January 1901; age: 40; KiA on the march between Wonderfontein and Carolina – in Major-General Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien’s engagement. Served just over 21 years.

Residence: Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.



Entered the 12th Regiment of Foot – January 1880.

Promoted Lieutenant – January 1881.

Promoted Captain – May 1886

Promoted Major – February 1897.

Served in the Hazara Exhibition 1888 against the tribes of the Black Mountains.

Served in South Africa from 1899 in the north Cape Colony and in the Transvaal.


Mentioned in Despatches and announced in the London Gazette – 10th September 1901.


Rank: Major.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Father: Thomas William John Lloyd, born December 1826, Boreen, Kings County, Ireland – KiA 6th April 1864, with the Rebel natives, at Ahu Ahu, Taranaki, New Zealand. Laid to rest at Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, Taranaki. Rank a Captain for H.M. 57th Foot Regiment (joined aged 17 years & 11 months), War in New Zealand from the 26th January 1864 – present at the Bombardment of Raitake on the 11th March, and assault and capture of the Rebels position at Raitake on the 24th March 1864.

Mother: Ruth Stoney Lloyd (nee Robinson), born 1831, Ireland.

Sister: Maria Sophia Lloyd, born October 1857, Tipperary, Ireland.


On the 11th June 1895, at St. Peter’s Church, Bayswater, London, 34 year old, William, a Captain for H.M. Army, Suffolk Regiment, of the Barracks, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, married 24 year old, Susannah Snowden Clarke, of 24, Holland Park, Kensington, London, born July 1870, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland – daughter of William Clarke, a clerk in Holy Orders and Eliza Clarke (nee Findlater), of Ballygrainey.

They had 2 children:

John Snowden De-La-Père Lloyd, born June 1896, 24, Holland Park, Kensington – Baptised: 29th July 1896, at St. Peter’s Church, Bayswater.

Kathleen Ruth Lloyd, born November 1898, 24, Holland Park, Kensington – Baptised: 5th January 1899, at St. Peter’s Church, Bayswater, residence: 15, Cheniston Gardens, Kensington.


Photography courtesy of John.


Probate to Susanna Snowden Lloyd – widow.


One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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  • I’ve recently inherited a box of old letters and couldn’t work out who wrote or received them. Thanks to your memorial site I now know that Willie wrote to his ‘Dearest Snowdon’ from South Africa. It seems it was my great Grandfather writing to his wife before he was killed at war. Now I’m enjoying trying to decipher his script like writing.


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