Thomas LLOYD
Rank: Private
Number: 12233
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 5 April 1917
Age: 27
Cemetery: Basra Memorial, Iraq

Tom Lloyd was born in Newton Heath, Manchester, the son of Thomas and Fanny. Later, the family lived at 111 Redhouse Lane, Bredbury. Tom worked as a moulder for Briddon & Fowler Ltd, until he enlisted in the army in August or September 1914.

Tom saw service at Gallipoli and had been shot through both hands and his jaw. These wounds must have been comparatively light as he was soon back at duty. After the evacuation from the failed campaign, the Cheshires move to Mesopotamia ( modern day Iraq) and Tom was killed in the fighting described here. Afterwards, Sergeant J H Wheeldon wrote to Tom's parents:-

"I feel I can hardly inform you of the sad news and I sincerely hope you won't grieve over it. Your son, Private Tommy Lloyd, was killed in action on April 5th and died in a few seconds. He did not suffer and died like a hero. I was hit but a few yards from him. If God spares me to come home, I will tell you all about it. There are only two Bredburyites here - Private Ashworth and myself."

John Wheeldon never came home to tell the story. He died two months later on 6 June.

Tom Lloyd has no known grave.

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