Did you catch the ITV series The Great War: The People’s Story? Find out more about some of the life stories that featured in the documentary.
Alan was born in Birmingham in 1889. His parents were John and Gertrude Lloyd, and the family (including Alan’s two brothers and one sister) lived in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Prior to the war, Alan was a farmer and travelled both in South America and East Africa.
Alan married Dorothy M Hewetson in 1914 and together they had a son called David, who was born in October 1915. At the time of David’s birth, Alan was already serving with the Royal Field Artillery in France. He served as a Second Lieutenant in C Battery, 78th Brigade, 17th Division, and later rose to the rank of Lieutenant.
From the records found on Lives of the First World War we can see that Alan served with the Royal Field Artillery, arriving in France in July 1915. His letters and photographs were treasured by his wife and son, and these are now part of IWM collections.
- Remember Alan’s life story on Lives of the First World War
Reginald, known as Reg, was born in 1888 in Camberwell, London. According to the census records for 1891 and 1901, Reg lived in an orphanage in Wanstead, Essex.
According to Reg’s daughter Pamela, he joined the Hertfordshire Regiment in 1913. Reg arrived on the Western Front on 6 November 1914. In October 1915, Reg was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for undertaking a dangerous reconnaissance mission.
From the records found on Lives of the First World War we can see that Reginald served as Lance Corporal with the 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, and after recovering from a serious injury later joined the Royal Sussex Regiment.
- Remember Reg’s life story on Lives of the First World War
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