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My Father’s Story


Written by Robert Lloyd-Rees

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Alderman Tom A Lloyd-Rees M C was born in 1893 at Eglwysilan Rectory, Abertridwr, South Wales to Rev David & Mrs Lloyd-Rees. He was one of seven children.

He signed up under age for service in the First World War and served in the Machine Gun Corps, later transferring to the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force).

He was awarded the Military Cross at Passchendaele Ridge.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took his four guns to the final objective, dug himself in, and greatly helped the infantry in breaking up local counter-attacks. He remained in the captured position for three days under intense shell fire, maintaining communication both to the rear and laterally. [Gazette issue 30614]

After the war he joined the Air ministry’s aeronautical inspection department.

In the Second World War he served with the 103 Gloucester regiment Rocket, A A, Battery Bristol

He was elected Councillor for Redland ward and was later made an Alderman for Redland ward serving his constituents faithfully until  the formation of Avon County.

Original pencil written telegram telling him to report to Buckingham Palace

Clearing out a cupboard I came across my father’s commission Papers. He was transferred from the machine Gun Corps to the Royal Flying Corps, however by the time is commission came through it had been renamed The Royal Air force. A very small window in history.

Father leaving Buckingham Palace with his mother and Father.

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