Wilfrid Lewis Lloyd

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Major-General Wilfrid Lewis Lloyd CBE, DSO and Bar, MC (1 March 1896 – 22 January 1944) was an officer in the British Army and the Indian Army during the First and Second world wars.

Early life[edit]

Lloyd was born in York, England, in 1896, son of Major Ernest Thomas Lloyd (1860-1935), formerly of the Bengal Civil Service, and his wife Ethel Mary (died 1961), second daughter of Sir Richard Dansey Green-Price, 2nd Baronet. Sir Guy Lloyd, 1st Baronet (1890-1987), another future British Army officer and Member of Parliament, was his elder brother.[1]

First World War[edit]

Lloyd was commissioned into the 7th Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry in September 1914, arrived in France in October 1915, and fought with the regiment until 1917, winning an MC during the Battle of the Somme. In 1917 he transferred to the Indian Army and was attached to 4th / 39th Garwhal Rifles.[2] He was later to join the 19th Hyderabad Regiment.

Second World War[edit]

In July 1940, Brigadier Lloyd was appointed to the 5th Indian Infantry Brigade of the 4th Indian Infantry Division and commanded them in the Western Desert Campaign, the East African Campaign and the Syria-Lebanon campaign. In the Western Desert, Lloyd's forces were involved in the opening stages of Operation Compass. In East Africa, forces under Lloyd's command were involved in the Battle of Agordat and the Battle of Keren. In Syria, he commanded for a period Gentforce. This was a combined British, Indian, and Free French force attacking towards Damascus. He was awarded the DSO on 8 July 1941, followed by a Bar to the award on 28 August. For his services in the latter campaigns he was mentioned in despatches on 30 December 1941.

From October 1941 to March 1943, during the Burma Campaign, Major-General Lloyd commanded the 14th Indian Infantry Division. The Division was defeated during the First Arakan Offensive and Lloyd was removed from command. Most of his contemporaries nevertheless considered he was not responsible for the defeat.

From July 1943, in succession to William Slim, to January 1944 Major-General Lloyd commanded the 10th Indian Infantry Division in Persia and later in the Italian Campaign. He was killed in an air crash in January 1944, aged 47, and was buried at Heliopolis War Cemetery, Cairo.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd married in 1922 Phyllis Janet, younger daughter of John M.B. Turner, a solicitor, of Bournemouth, England.[1] The couple had two sons and two daughters, one of each survived them:

  • Peter John Ernest, born 1923.
  • Maureen Joan, born 1927, died 1943.
  • David Owen Reginald, born 1931, died 1934.
  • Patricia Jane, born 1938.[1]

After his death, his widow remarried, to Francis Arnold Benedict Jones.[1]

Command history[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 1963. Burke's Peerage Ltd. pp. 1493–1494. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 30781. p. 7952. 5 July 1918. Retrieved 5 September 2011. modified by The London Gazette: no. 31196. p. 2626. 21 February 1919. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  3. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty record.

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