LLOYD David Rhys Cadwgan

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David Rhys Cadwgan Lloyd was a pupil at Oakham School until the start of the First World War when he immediately joined up. He fought in the army and was wounded in 1916 before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps and returned to France in April 1917 with 60 Squadron. Combat claims from 1916-1918 gave him three "victories." On the afternoon of 11 May 1917, flying a Nieuport B1610 DD he destroyed an Albatros at Ecourt-St. Quentin. On 15 June flying the same Nieuport he destroyed an Albatros D00C at 2100 hours. He died the following day over Marquion. He was last seen following an enemy aircraft down to 2,000 feet and his Nieuport collided with an Albatros flown by Vfw Robert Riessinger of Jasta 12. Both pilots were killed. David's Commanding Officer wrote: Everyone liked your son immensely; he was a fine and fearless pilot - almost the best in the squadron - and an undeniable fighter. I miss him dreadfully." David was the son of Llewellyn and Annie G Lloyd, of The Yew Trees, Kirby-le-Soken, Essex. He was the 22nd in direct male descent from Belddyn ap Cynfyn, Prince of Powys and North Wales. He is buried in HAC Cemetery Ecoust-St Mein on the Somme, grave VIII.B.8. and is remembered in Oakham School Chapel as well as on the Kirby-le-Soken war memorial and on a family memorial in the town's church.

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Born 1897.Oakham School 1911-14; Rugby Colour; Lance Corporal in the Officers' Training Corps.Enlisted with the Essex Yeomanry; Second Lieutenant in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and fought in the British Expeditionary Force in France; wounded 1916; transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (Lieutenant).Grave photo attached.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 4:48pm
6 images Some pictures of Mr Lloyd’s headstone, taken 21 March 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 24th March '15 at 9:12pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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