Remembering Acting Colour Serjeant Albert Lloyd, Welsh Regiment

It’s fair to say that I didn’t buy this postcard for the picture!

The picture, which isn’t especially clear and doesn’t even fill up the postcard, shows French General Sarrail awarding decorations in Salonika, with the remains of Zeppelin LZ85 in the background.

Greek postcard showing General Sarrail distributing medals in SalonikaThe message on the back isn’t even especially interesting – although it is entirely legible – no, what ‘sold’ the card to me was the fact that the soldier who wrote it can be identified. Cards often have a message on with just a forename but, in this case, we have ‘31337 Sergt Lloyd’. A quick search on the National Archives WW1 Medal Index Cards soon identified our man: 31337 Acting Colour Serjeant Albert E. Lloyd, Welsh Regiment.

My interest was piqued so I shelled out £3.50 to download the card (more than I’d paid for the postcard!) but, disappointingly, it gives no indication of which battalion he served with. Three battalions of the Welsh Regiment served with the BSF:

  • 1st  Battalion – 84 Brigade, 28 Division
  • 11th (Service) Battalion – 67 Brigade, 22 Division
  • 23rd (Service) Battalion (Welsh Pioneers) – 28 Division Pioneers

The next step will be to investigate the ‘dark art’ of service numbers or follow up the medal rolls at the National Archives, Kew, but that’s for another day. I’m pleased to say, though, that Albert appears to have survived the war as his name and number are not to be found in CWGC casualty records.

I’ll leave the last words to Albert, or Lloydie as he signs himself …

My dear Mary

Received the papers yesterday thanking you so much. I have no particular news. I am quite well, also Matt. Hoping you & all at home are quite well. I managed to get these few cards from the canteen. Nothing further this time.

With best love xxx

Yours sincerely

Lloydie

31337 Sergt Lloyd

PS Please excuse so short a note.

Rear of Greek postcard with a message to Mary from 31337 Sgt Lloyd, dated 31 January 1917.

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.