Private 14424 John Lloyd

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Died Home on Wednesday, 15th March 1916, age unknown.
Buried in Grave BC. "U." 145. at Oldbury Cemetery, Warley, Staffs, United Kingdom.

9th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment (Pioneers). Pioneer Battalion of 23rd Division.

Husband of Mrs Elizabeth Louisa Lloyd, of 1, Malthouse Row, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Rotherham, Enlisted: Smethwick, Resident: Langley.

First landed France & Flanders, 24th August 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Matthew's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/364080/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Not able to identify John Lloyd.

Marriage of John Lloyd and Louisa Millard registered September quarter 1901 in West Bromwich.

1911 Census
Canal boat "London", near Hurst Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
Louisa Lloyd (34, Canal Boatwomen, born Tunstall) and her 2 surviving children of 3: Betsey Ann (8, born Oldbury) and Phoebe (6, born Oldbury). No sign of husband John, possibly aboard another canal boat.
Also Louisa Millard (Cousin, 15, Canal Boatwoman, born Stone, Staffs).

Personal Data

The Tipton Library and St. Matthew's Church Memorials both commemorate J Lloyd; the 'Staffordshire Roll of Honour' records Pte. J. Lloyd, South Staffs; this man had been a mystery until the Pension Cards were released in 2019. The Pension Card for John Lloyd 14424 South Staffs, gave an address of Malthouse Row, Tipton, for his widow, Louisa Lloyd. This ties neatly with her 1911 occupation of Canal Boatwoman, and also with the St. Matthew's Memorial.

After John's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/13/4d (2 pounds, 13 shillings and 4 pence); this was paid to his widow, Louisa, in June 1916. His War Gratuity was £6/10/0d (6 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to Louisa in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that John had enlisted in approximately September 1914.

Louisa was awarded a Pension of £1/1/0d (1 pound and 1 shilling) per week for herself and her 2 children, effective from 18th September 1916.

Action resulting in his death

John served with the 9th Battalion, South Staffs (9/SS) who were the Pioneer Battalion for the 23rd Division. Although Pioneer battalions were trained as infantry, to some degree, their war was mainly fought with pick and shovel rather than rifle. In extreme situations, they could be used to add extra manpower to the infantry units.

John died No. 3 Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, on 15th March 1916 from wounds received in action. We do not know the date when he received these wounds, but during February 1916 the 9/SS were serving near Fleurbaix, about 4 miles south-west of Armentieres in French Flanders, close to the Belgian border. They were involved in various labouring tasks including digging and improving trenches, creating dug-outs and assisting with tunneling activity amongst many other tasks. There were a number of instances of German artillery causing casualties.

John's body was transported from Sheffield back to the Midlands and he was buried in Oldbury Cemetery.

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