Private 39021 Frederick Lloyd

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Frederick's name on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Killed in Action on Friday, 26th April 1918, age 31.
Commemorated on Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

4th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 7th Brigade of 25th Division.

Son of Joseph and Emily Lloyd, of 33, Castle Rd., Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Birmingham, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Matthew's Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/832990/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
28 High Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Lloyd (38, Grocer on own account from this address, born Dudley), his wife Emily (40, born Dudley), and their 7 children: Mary A. (15, born Willenhall), Frederick (14, born Birmingham), Vincent (12, born Longton), William (10, born Wolverhampton), Emily (8, born Wolverhampton), May (5, born Dudley), and Leonard (3, born Dudley).

1911 Census
28 High Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Lloyd (48, Grocer on own account, born Cradley), his wife Emily (50, born Dudley), and their 7 children: Mary (25, born Willenhall), Frederick (24, Shop Assistant - Grocery, born Birmingham), Vincent (22, Shop Assistant - Grocery, born Longton), William (20, Shop Assistant - Grocery, born Wolverhampton), Emily (18, born Wolverhampton), May (15, Student, born Dudley), and Leonard (13, Pattern Making Assistant, born Dudley).

Personal Data

F. Lloyd is commemorated on St. Matthew's memorial. Of the numerous casualties named F. Lloyd on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War', this man was born in Birmingham and enlisted in Tipton. This is in itself not definitive, but looking at the Census information it does match Frederick Lloyd, son of Joseph and Emily of 28 High Street, Tipton, who was born in Birmingham. Frederick is the elder brother of Leonard Lloyd who was killed in June 1917, and who had two brothers serving in the Army according to the Tipton Herald. Both brothers are commemorated on St. Matthew's Memorial, but not the Tipton Library Memorial.

After Frederick's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £3/10/2d (3 pounds, 10 shillings and 2 pence); this was paid to his father, Joseph, in May 1920. His War Gratuity was £5/0/0d (5 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in May 1920. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Frederick had enlisted in approximately January 1917.

Action resulting in his death

The Battle of the Lys from 7th to 29th April 1918 was the second phase of the German Spring Offensive, the German objectives were to capture Ypres and to force the Allies back towards the coast. The 4th South Staffs had over 165 men killed from the commencement of the German Spring Offensive (21st March 1918) until the close of the Battle of the Lys (29th April 1918), with the 10th and 26th April particularly costly days.

While the 25th Division, including the 4th South Staffs, were out of the line recovering from their losses, the Germans attacked and captured the key position of Kemmel Hill. The 25th Division were sent back to the line to counter attack on 26th April, this became known as the Second Battle of Kemmel. The attack commenced at 3am on 26th April after heavy overnight rain. Assisted by fog but held up by the flooded Kemmelbeek, the objectives were captured although the line of the railway could not be held and the troops consolidated. Casualties were light at first but heavier in the withdrawal from the railway position.

The 4th South Staffs had 28 men killed on 26th April, amongst them were Tipton men Frederick Lloyd and Frederick Jones. Like the majority of the 28 men, both Frederick Lloyd and Frederick Jones have no known grave and are commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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