The Midland Counties Express carried the above photographs on 11 December 1915, of the four sons and a son-in-law of Mr Lloyd of Vicarage Road, Wednesfield. These were:
- Tom Lloyd (bootom left), aged 38, serving with the Notts and Derbys
- Joe Lloyd (top, left), aged 35, and also with the Notts and Derbys
- Alf Lloyd (top right), aged 30, serving with the Leicesters in France
- William Lloyd (centre), aged 20, serving with the Royal Engineers and had been wounded and gassed in France
- William Taylor (bottom, right), aged 24 and the son-in-law, with the King’s Royal Rifles
These were the children of James and Mary Ann Lloyd, living at 122 Wood End, Wednesfield, in 1891.
Thomas was born in 1877. He married Cissy Crutchley in Wolverhampton in 1899, and was living with his wife at 137 Wood End in 1901. They had a daughter, Lily, and son, Joseph. Thomas was a coal miner. In 1911, they were at 1 Badgers Fold Yard, Wood End, and had a further two children, Thomas and James. I have not been able to confirm details of his military service, but Thomas survived the war, and died in Bilston in 1956.
Joseph was born in 1880. He was still living with his parents in 1901, at 3 Graisley Lane, Wednesfield. He was a coal mine haulage engineer. He married Daisy Hewlett in Wolverhampton in 1904. By 1911, their address was 92 Thorneycroft Lane, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, along with their two children, Violet and Sammy. They had a further two children – James (1911) and Selina (1913). Joseph enlisted with the 15th Battalion of the Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment (number 23489), but was killed in action on 30 May 1916. He is buried at the St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue. He may also be the J. Lloyd who appears on the memorial at Heath Park.
Details of the other three members of the family will be posted tomorrow.