Lloyd, Gwion Llewelyn Bowen (1888-1915)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Gwion Llewelyn Bowen Lloyd (1888-1915), born 21 February 1888 at Waunifor, Maesycrugiau, Carmarthenshire. Son of Charles Lloyd, MA, JP, DL, and Margaret Macfie Lloyd (née Campbell) of Waunifor, Maesycrugiau, Carmarthenshire, later of 37, Hotham Road, Putney, London. Brother of Duncan Ian Bowen Lloyd (1886-1915).
Attended Avondale, Clifton, Bristol.
Attended Clifton College, September 1900-1907; Head of Moberley's House; member of the 1st XV.
Attended Oriel College, Oxford, where he graduated in Theology (3rd Class Honours) and BA in 1911; member of the Harlequins Football Club, playing often for the A Team.
Attended Bishop's Theological College, Cheshunt.
Assistant Master at Sherborne Preparatory School 1912-1914.
WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Dorsetshire Regiment, 5th (S.) Bn, obtained commission on 26 August 1914; promoted Lieutenant on 31 December 1914, and Captain in May 1915. Served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Gallipoli from July 1915. Killed in action on 11 August 1915 at the landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, while leading his company, and was buried where he fell.
Helles Memorial, Panel 136 to 139 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/690443/LLOYD,%20GWION...
Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/28163613991...
Sherborne School: Book of Remembrance.
His Colonel wrote: 'Gwion Lloyd was one of my best officers and I selected him and three others for promotion to the rank of Captain in 1914. These four were the backbone of my young officers. My New Army officers were a fine lot, and threw all their energies into helping the old hands to make a fine battalion of the 5th Dorsets. He set a fine example of the strenuous hard life. I met his brother Duncan, 1/5th Gurkhas, at Mudros and my officers told me that he said on leaving for Anzac "Goodbye, Gwion. If one of us has to be killed, I hope I shall be the one." Gwion was leading part of his company when they started off on 7 August 1915, and came under very heavy fire, being one of the first to fall, and he was buried on Beach A, Suvla Bay, by the Staff Captain of the Brigade.'
A Corporal of his regiment wrote: 'Captain Lloyd did his work well, and was held in the highest esteem by the regiment. To the company, with which he came in the closest contact, he was everything that could be desired as an officer and a leader. War terrible as this puts officers and men together in common danger. Captain Lloyd was, in my opinion, one of those unselfish and gallant men who always have the safety and protection of their men at heart, while thinking little of their own.'
The Head Master of the [Prep?] school at Sherborne wrote: 'We feel how fortunate we were that Gwion should have spent those two years with us. He was of inestimable value to us, not only because of the actual work he did and the influence he had upon the boys, but because wherever he went he carried, as it were, an atmosphere with him - an atmosphere that was filled with noble ideals, kindliness and love. You can judge of a man by his friends, and Gwion's were many in number, and whenever they turned up at Sherborne we found them delightful men. He has gone, but he has left memories behind him which will be with us as long as we live.'