|Sir Charles Loyd|
|Born||12 February 1891
Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
|Died||11 November 1973
Mettingham, Suffolk, England
|Years of service||1910–47|
|Commands held||London District
2nd Infantry Division
1st Guards Brigade
3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards
|Battles/wars||First World War
Second World War
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Croix de guerre (France)
Born on 12 February 1891, son of Edward Henry Loyd, he was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards as a second lieutenant on 3 September 1910. He served on the Western Front during the Great War with the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, then part of the 4th (Guards) Brigade of the 2nd Division, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), the Military Cross and the French Croix de guerre.
He was appointed commanding officer CO of the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards in 1929, and was promoted to regimental commander in 1932. In 1934, he became a General Staff Officer (GSO) at the War Office, moving on to be a brigadier on the General Staff of British Troops in Egypt in 1936. In 1938, he was appointed commander of the 1st (Guards) Brigade, then part of the 1st Infantry Division.
In June 1939 he was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 2nd Infantry Division, three months before the outbreak of the Second World War. His division was sent to France soon after war began, where it formed part of I Corps of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The division fought in the Battle of France and the subsequent retreat to Dunkirk where it was withdrawn to England in the Dunkirk evacuation. However, on 16 May 1940, he fainted during a conference and was evacuated to England, with command of the 2nd Division passing to Brigadier Noel Irwin, commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade. In 1941, he became Chief of the General Staff (CGS) to General Sir Alan Brooke, the Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces, before moving on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Southern Command in March 1942. His last appointment was as Major-General commanding the Brigade of Guards and GOC London District in March 1944, a post from which he retired in 1947.
- Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496.
- Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, War Diaries 1939–1945 (University of California Press, 2003), at page 137
- Smart, p. 195
- "No. 28412". The London Gazette. 2 September 1910. p. 6333.
- "Coldstream Guards officers awards, WW1". Northeastmedals.co.uk. 1921-01-21. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
- "No. 30306". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 September 1917. p. 9946.
- Order of Battle
- "No. 40170". The London Gazette. 11 May 1954. p. 2776.
- 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
|GOC 2nd Infantry Division
Sir Harold Alexander
|GOC-in-C Southern Command
Sir William Morgan
Sir Arthur Smith
|GOC London District
Sir John Marriott
Sir John Marriott
Sir Alfred Codrington
|Colonel of the Coldstream Guards
Sir George Burns