Anthony Loyd

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Anthony Loyd
Born Anthony William Vivian Loyd
(1966-09-12) 12 September 1966 (age 49)
Churt on the Hampshire/Surrey, UK
Occupation war correspondent
Spouse(s) 2002 - 2005 Lady Sophia Hamilton

Anthony William Vivian Loyd (born 12 September 1966) is an English journalist, noted war correspondent[1]

Biography[edit]

Loyd grew up in Churt on the HampshireSurrey border and attended St Edmund's School, Hindhead, and Eton College.

War correspondent[edit]

He went to school for journalism and then went to Bosnia with a vague plan to cover the ongoing war. He started taking pictures but almost by accident an American reporter offered to buy some that he saw. So Loyd became a war photographer supporting himself by selling photos for 50 Deutschemarks per photograph.[1] Much later Loyd was traveling taking photos with British forces around Travnik, central Bosnia and Herzegovina about 90 km west of Sarajevo. While covering a fire fight a French correspondent who was writing for The Daily Telegraph was wounded by a claymore mine set off by the Croat HVO forces. The wounded correspondent asked Loyd to fill in until the paper could send a replacement, Loyd agreed and so started his first job as a journalist.[1] Afterwards he was put on retainer by The Times of London and regularly sent to war zones around the world.

Among the wars he reported were the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Iraq. Loyd was noted for the risks he took in pursuing his stories. His most recent bylines (as of 15 September 2005) have been from Baghdad, where he has been out on patrol with both the American and Iraqi forces.[2]

Author[edit]

My War Gone By, I Miss It So, is a noted book based on his experiences in Bosnia and Chechnya. The memoir is a chilling depiction of the depravity of war and adrenalin addiction Loyd experienced covering the violent dissolution of Yugloslavia in the mid-1990s. In the book Loyd staggers chapters about war in Bosnia, Chechnya, and boredom tinged with heroin addiction in London.

He published a second volume of autobiography, Another Bloody Love Letter, in 2007. It covered his experiences in the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Personal life[edit]

Loyd married Lady Sophia Hamilton, daughter of the 5th Duke of Abercorn in 2002 at Baronscourt, the Duke's 5,500 acre (22 km²) ancestral estate, near Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.[3] They were divorced in 2005, on an amicable basis, occasioned by Loyd's frequent absences reporting on wars. He remarried again in 2007 and is now based in Devon with his wife, daughter and stepdaughter.[4][5]

Great-grandfather[edit]

His maternal great-grandfather was Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Carton De Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (1880–1963).[6] His great-grandfather was not only a highly decorated British soldier, he was also one of the most wounded (eleven times, which included the loss of an eye and a hand).

Published works[edit]

  • Anthony Loyd (1 February 2001). My War Gone By, I Miss It So. Penguin (Non-Classics). ISBN 0-14-029854-1. 
  • Anthony Loyd (8 March 2007). Another Bloody Love Letter. Headline Review. ISBN 0-7553-1479-4. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Anthony Loyd (1 February 2001). My War Gone By, I Miss It So. Penguin (Non-Classics). ISBN 0-14-029854-1. 
  2. ^ Anthony Loyd (11 February 2005). "I'm more scared of going out with these guys than fighting insurgents". London: Timesonline. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Eden 2013
  4. ^ "Anthony Loyd's blood, sweat and tears". Metro. 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2008. 
  5. ^ The stepdaughter is mentioned in another article
  6. ^ Ines Sabalic (2000). "War in the Balkans". bosnia.org.uk New Series no.13/14 December 1999 - February 2000. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 

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