In the case of Annie Lloyd or Loydd we do not even have the surname of her soldier correspondent. Signing himself as “Horace”, he wrote to her at Ash View, The Scotlands, Cannock Road, at least twice during the First World War.
In his main letter, Horace writes of life at the Front and in the trenches. He speaks of “two day heavy marching”, as he expects them to move from the East Coast to France. He apologises for not having written before, “because I always think of you Annie,” but this is tinged with sadness as “you never seemed to me to care for me at all.” Understandably because of censorship, there is little further detail in the letter.
The only other related item in this collection is a postcard which appears to be in the same handwriting, inscribed “With best wishes to Annie”. On the front of the postcard is a picture of a soldier with a girl in his arms, and the message “For King and Country.”
We do not have any further information about this couple, as the collection was transferred to us from Walsall Archives service, so we do not appear to have any depositor details. The postmark on the envelope is 1914, so it may be that Horace did not survive the War. Either way, the only possible marriage we have been able to find for Annie is that of an Annie M. Lloyd to a Michael Doherty, registered in December 1922. If this is the same lady as in the letters, it appears that this story did not unfortunately have a happy ending.