WW1 Centenary remembered. This a personal tribute to my Great Uncle who served in the army during WW1 and died for his country.
As a member of the Cheshire Artists Network I was asked to be part of a touring exhibition to commemorate the WW1 centenary. My thoughts turned immediately to my Great Uncle Albert Eardley Lloyd. In 2004 my eldest brother Kevan and my Dad discovered an old photograph in my Grandad’s biscuit tin (where all the old photo’s are kept!), they were so intrigued they just had to find out who he was. This is how the story goes….
That first photograph
Albert enlisted in August 1914, right at the start of WW1. He joined the Cheshire Regiment, as a Private in the 8th Battalion. On the 20th August 1914 Albert was sent to Tidworth Training camp, Salisbury Plains for basic army training. In October he was moved to Chilseldon, Wiltshire for training in warfare, then onto Pirbright and Aldershot in February 1915 for even more training!
On 26th June 1915 Albert left for Egypt on the troopship HMS Ivernia from Avonmouth. After his initial taste of warefar he disembarked the Ivernia at Gallipoli 7th July 1915. After months of fighting in atrocious conditions, Albert was one of men saved as part of the mass evacuation of Gallipoli in early January 1916. On 30th January Albert was shipped to Egypt, to Port Said and served on the Suez Canal.
Albert in his army uniform
On the 15th February 1916 he then went on to Mesopotamia to fight the Ottoman Turks. It is here that Albert is promoted from Private to Lance Corporal to acting Corporal. Here the conditions were terrible. Blazing heat and terrible sandstorms made life very difficult. Dysentery and Cholera were rife and it is here that Albert died. On 31st July 1916 Albert was on the sick list and died the next day 1st August cause listed as ‘of disease’. Albert was buried at the Almara War Cemetery, in Almara al Kut, now Iraq. Albert was posthumously awarded 3 medals, The Victory medal, The British War Medal and The Star.
Albert’s mother Jessie always wore a locket holding a picture of Albert in his army uniform. On the other side of the locket was a picture of his cousin Thomas Lawton Lloyd, who also fought in WW1.
As my personal tribute to commemorate WW1 centenary and as part of the Cheshire Artists Network touring exhibition I decided to make contemporary lockets in memory of Albert Eardley and to recognise the love of family. Jessie always wore this locket and Albert’s image can still be seen on the photographs.
Albert’s Mum wearing the locket
I have kept my sterling silver lockets contemporary and modern, with an opening catch to place your photographs of your loved ones inside. I hope you like them!
Contemporary silver locket
Throughout the making of my lockets and the making of this blog I have been very mindful of the work carried out by my both my Dad and my brother who researched Albert Eardley, Kevan even went on to write a book about him. I would therefore like to dedicate this blog to my late father and brother, Albert Sydney Lloyd and Kevan Albert Lloyd, who both bore Albert Eardley’s name. I love and miss you both x
Dad and Kev with the original locket!
Further information about the Cheshire Artists Network and it’s WW1 centenary exhibition can be found here http://c-a-n.co.uk/news/article/great_news_