Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria. To coincide with the OMRS Convention (19 September 2003)

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Date of Auction: 19th September 2003

Sold for £330

Estimate: £250 - £300

Lieutenant Ernest Alfred Collyer Lloyd, 3rd Battalion, Scots Guards, killed in action at Boesinghe 31st July 1917

1854 pattern Scots Guards officer’s sword, blade 83cm retailed by Cater & Co., Pall Mall, London, etched with GVR cypher, Scots Guards regimental badge, battle honours to South Africa 1899-1902 all amidst foliage, and within a cartouche the owners initials ‘E.A.C.L.’, plated steel guard with regimental device, fish-skin covered grip bound with silver wire, leather covered field service scabbard, blade retains almost all original finish and is very good condition throughout £250-300


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Ernest Alfred Collyer Lloyd, was the elder son of E. O. Lloyd, of 68 Warwick Square, London. He was educated at Rugby and then in Germany to learn the language, and returning to England in 1911, he entered into business. He joined the 1st Lovat’s Scouts in August 1914, and went to Gallipoli in September 1915, and later to Egypt. In January 1917, he exchanged into the 3rd Battalion Scots Guards, and crossed over to France the following April, where he was attached to the 1st battalion. He fell on July 31st, 1917, the first day of the British offensive around Ypres, at Boesinghe, in Flanders, while gallantly leading his men forward into action, aged 27. The Officer Commanding the Battalion wrote, ‘The Battalion has lost one of its best officers. He had been doing extraordinary good work up to the last. He was loved by everyone in all ranks.’ Lieutenant Lloyd is buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boesinghe, Belgium.