Charles Loyd

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Sir Charles Loyd
Born 12 February 1891
Died 11 November 1973
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1910 – 1947
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Coldstream Guards
1st Guards Brigade
2nd Infantry Division
Southern Command
London District
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Sir Henry Charles Loyd GCVO KCB DSO MC DL (12 February 1891 – 11 November 1973), nicknamed "Budget Loyd",[1] was a British Army General during the Second World War.

Military career[edit]

Henry Loyd was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1910.[2] He served in the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre.[3] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards in 1929, and was promoted to regimental commander in 1932.[4] In 1934, he became a General Staff Officer at the War Office, moving on to be a Brigadier on the General Staff of the British Troops in Egypt in 1936.[4] In 1938, he was appointed Commander of 1st Guards Brigade.[4]

He also served during the Second World War being appointed GOC of 2nd Division in 1939.[5] His Division formed part of the British Expeditionary Force and was withdrawn from France in the Dunkirk evacuation. In 1941, he took command of GHQ Home Forces before moving on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Command in 1942.[5] His last appointment was as Major-General commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding London District in 1944, a post from which he retired in 1947.[5]

In retirement he was a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk.[6] He lived at Geldeston Hall in Norfolk.[6]


He married Moyra Brodrick,[7] a daughter of St John Brodrick, 1st Earl of Midleton; they had one son and one daughter.[8]


  1. ^ Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, War Diaries 1939-1945 (University of California Press, 2003), at page 137
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28412. p. 6333. 2 September 1910. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30306. p. 9946. 25 September 1917. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b c
  5. ^ a b c Order of Battle
  6. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 40170. p. 2776. 11 May 1954. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  7. ^ Auction: Lot 41: Jacob More, 1740 - 1793 The Rape of Deianera; and Rest on the Flight to Egypt a pair, oil on canvas, laid down on board, oval
  8. ^
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Wilson
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Noel Irwin
Preceded by
Sir Harold Alexander
GOC-in-C Southern Command
Succeeded by
Sir William Morgan
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Smith
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir John Marriott