John Hardress-Lloyd

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John Hardress Lloyd
Capt. Lloyd (Eng. Polo Team) (LOC) (2163517814).jpg
Hardress-Lloyd in 1911 in the United States
Born (1874-08-14)14 August 1874
Died 28 February 1952(1952-02-28) (aged 77)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps
Rank Brigadier-General
Commands held 3rd Tank Brigade
Battles/wars Tirah Campaign
Second Boer War
First World War
Western Front
Battle of Arras

DSO (January 1917)

  • Bar (July 1918)
Relations John Lloyd (writer) (great nephew)

Brigadier-General John Hardress Lloyd (14 August 1874 – 28 February 1952) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and polo player. He was awarded a DSO and made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur for his service in the British Army during the First World War. As a polo player he won a silver medal with the Ireland team at the 1908 Summer Olympics.


Hardress Lloyd was born into an Anglo-Irish family with connections to County Offaly.[1] He was the son of John Lloyd, a lawyer, and Susanna Frances Julia Colclough. He was the second of their seven children and their oldest son.[2] On 5 August 1903 he married Adeline Wilson. They did not have any children.[3] Hardress-Lloyd is the great uncle of John Lloyd, the TV producer behind the Blackadder series.[4]

Polo player[edit]

As a polo player, Hardress Lloyd, together with John Paul McCann, Percy O'Reilly and Auston Rotheram, was a member of the Ireland team that won a silver medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The Ireland team was part of the Great Britain Olympic team. In 1911 he also captained the England team that played in the United States [4][5][6]

Olympic medal record
Men's Polo
Silver medal – second place 1908 London Team competition

British Army soldier[edit]

Hardress Lloyd was commissioned in the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards on 10 October 1894. He served in the Tirah Campaign on the North West Frontier in 1897-98 and then in the Second Boer War. Between March 1901 and September 1902 he served as aide-de-camp to Lieutenant-General Sir E. L. Elliot.

On the outbreak of the First World War he served on the Western Front before joining Major-General Beauvoir De Lisle’s 1st Cavalry Division staff. He followed De Lisle to Gallipoli when the latter took command of the 29th Division. Hardress Lloyd was appointed second in command of the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in May 1916, becoming its commanding officer a month later. Whilst commanding this battalion he was awarded the DSO in January 1917. In February 1917 he was appointed commander of D Battalion, one of the founding units of the Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps.

The battalion’s first actions were at the Battle of Arras (1917) and included the disastrous Bullecourt operation in April 1917. The 3rd Tank Brigade was formed under his command on 27 April 1917 and Hardress-Lloyd remained in charge of this brigade until the war ended. He was promoted to Brigadier-General on 16 April 1918 and a Bar was added to his DSO in July. He was also mentioned in despatches six times and appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. [4]