The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

John Lloyd

John Lloyd, also known as Jack, joined the South Wales Borderers and was killed in action in France in August 1916. John was killed while the battalion was relieving the 2nd Argyll's at High Wood, aged 25

The information on John Lloyd has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameJohn Lloyd
Date of Death19th August 1916
Place of DeathPLACE
Age at Death25
Unit and RegimentRoyal Welsh Fusiliers; 2nd Bn.
(Formerly 12374 South Wales Borderers)
Service Number38216
Additional InformationBorn and Lived Ystradgynlais. Enlisted Brecon
MemorialTHIEPVAL MEMORIAL - FRANCE; Pier and Face 4A
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Family DetailsJohn was the son of David and Elizabeth Lloyd, of Ynis Isaf, Ystradgynlais. He worked at Gwaunclawdd Colliery, Abercrave prior to enlisting at Brecon on 11 August 1914 into the South Wales Borderers but was then posted to the 2nd Garrison Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Known Brothers
Known Sisters

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 9th September 1916 :-

Mr. David Lloyd, Ynis, fireman at the Gwaunclawdd Colliery, Abercrave has also been notified of the death in action of his son Private Jack Lloyd, of the South Wales Borderers. Private Lloyd had been in France for a number of months.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 16th September 1916 :-

Mr and Mrs David Lloyd, Ynys, have now received official confirmation of the death of their son Private John Lloyd R W F which took place in the fighting on the Somme front 19th August. The deceased had taken part in the Dardanelles campaign when he was invalided home. Afterwards he was sent to Egypt, and a month before he was killed was again moved to the Somme front. Prior to joining the colours at the outbreak of war, he worked as a miner at Gwaunclawdd colliery. Deep sympathy is felt with the sorrowing parents and family in their bereavement.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 21st October 1916 :-

We have received the following from the two local soldiers - Private Harry Williams SWB and Private Evans RWF - who mourn the loss of a friend in the late Private John Lloyd SWB, who fell in action in France, August 19th last.

"Sir Will you kindly insert the little bit of memoriam to our dear friend John Lloyd, in the Llais.
In a soldier's grave he is sleeping
One of earth's bravest and best
In our hearts we shall miss him forever
Though we know that he is at rest.


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