Sunday, 6 November 2011

John Lloyd W.W.1

c. Derek Lloyd

died 10th November 1918

John Lloyd married into the James family of Ruelwall, Llanteg.

Sarah Jane, John Lloyd and two of their children
c. Derek Lloyd

Gravestone at Crunwere Church - where four of his children are buried

John Lloyd has a gravestone in Crunwere which just states D. Lovat, Canada, with him dying on 11/11/1918 aged 44yrs - four of his children are also buried in the grave. 

Large family gravestone at Eglwyscummin

John also has a family gravestone at Eglwyscummin Church, also stating he was buried at Lovat.

John enlisted in Canada:
John Lloyd
Regimental # 101679, joined 22 Feb 1916, Edmonton, Alberta
66th Overseas Battalion, Edmonton Guards
Embarkation, 66th Battalion, Halifax, SS Olympic—April 28, 1916
Giving his next of kin as at Ruelwall.

c. Derek Lloyd

John Lloyd is on the Lampeter Velfrey War Memorial – but he does not show up on any list of War Casualties – either here or Canada.

John reached France on 6 July 1916 and was sent to 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion in the field.  John paraded sick on 5 Dec 1916 after "exposure to shell fire on the Somme".  On 3rd Sept 1917 John paraded sick again at Vimy Ridge.  He was immediately sent back to base hospital, and then invalided back to England.  He was in Etaples 12 days, Bethnal Green 12 days, Bromley 10 days, Bushy Park 16 days, Buxton 2 months, and Liverpool 5 weeks.  
Llandovery Castle

He was then invalided back to Canada on the Llandovery Castle on 28th Feb 1918, to Halifax.  He was in hospital in Wetaskiwin, Alberta for 2 months,  He was discharged from service on 17th Aug 1918 at Calgary, with the intention of living in Edmonton. 

John died on 11th Nov 1918.  Death was attributed to military service.  According to the gravestones John died on 11th November but his death certificate records the 10th.

In 1925 a scroll and plaque were sent to his widow. 

20 June 2012 - Thanks to the work of Steve John and relatives John Lloyd has now been officially recognised as a Casualty of War:

Canadian Book of Remembrance

We have been kindly sent these images of the graveyard and Ghost Town and Mine:

Lovett Mine c. Johnnie Bachusky

Lovett Ghost Town c. Johnnie Bachusky

Lovett cemetery c. Johnnie Bachusky

9 November 2013 - Johnnie Bachusky published an article in the Canadian National Post which stated that the CWGC would be erecting a gravestone to John Lloyd at Lovett probably next year.

The gravestone will not be in the actual grave location but will be in the Lovett graveyard and located on a vacant plot.

John Lloyd's Military Headstone was finally installed at Lovett on 18th October 2014:

The following pictures are from 2017 showing the tidy nature of the well maintained cemetary

The man standing by the headstone with the rifle is Bill Taylor. He is the self proclaimed keeper of Lovett town site & cemetery, and the only one with permanent permission to cross into the mining lease to attend the site.

If you look carefully, you will see that Johnnie Bachusky is holding a rifle as he inspects the headstone. There were apparently some large grizzly bears in the area that day.

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