Arthur Lewis Lloyd
Arthur Lewis Lloyd (known as Lewis) was born on 14th May 1895 in Wolverton. He died on 20th August 1916 at the Battle of the Somme as a stretcher bearer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, which had a headquarters at Stony Stratford. Before he enlisted, he was training to be a language teacher at Borough Road College, Isleworth after gaining a county scholarship.
He wrote to his mother in July 1915 mentioning that he had put forward his name to join the Army. He had gained a provisional certificate from College. He had thought long and hard about joining up and as he realised, ‘We are not doing at all well.’ He knew his mother was not happy about this as she wanted him to finish his education.
His next letter as Private Lloyd 61048, Royal Army Medical Corps at Aldershot, to his mother said:
‘Now have our kit and today had a breakfast of steak and onions. We are billeted at the local YMCA, sleeping in tents on boards with three blankets – no mattress, no pillow. I think we are going to France soon. That is where all the fighting is.’
Corps: R A M C - Royal Army Medical Corps
Rank: P T E - Private
Registration Number: 61408
I am stretcher bearing with the ambulance now. We have not had a rest lately.
The mail has just come in and I have a letter from Reg. The week’s Express has arrived too. The weather is fine. The places we’ve been in have been nice pleasant places in summer. I hope you are all well and that everything is going well.
Your affectionate son, Lewis
On Active Service YMCA - Young Men's Christian Association (social charity)
Passed by Censor No. 2000
1 Jan 16, Field Post Office
Mrs W H Lloyd, 39 Victoria Street, Wolverton, Bucks