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Story of David John Lloyd, RAMC

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:03 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

It is believed that, following the outbreak of war, David (born 17 Dec 1920) re-located from Wales to Nottingham in order to work in a Royal Ordnance Factory in Nottingham. He was married to Edna, who gave birth to a daughter on 22 Feb 1942, three days after he was called up. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.

His attached service book indicates that David served with the RAMC from February 1942 to 24th of December 1946. His service number was 7406522. It is unclear what the acronym BWEF stands for.

After basic training at Leeds, he was sent to Melrose House in Scotland, which had been requisitioned by the Army. He was posted to the 9th Field Ambulance, RAMC and landed in France on 6th June 1944 (D-Day). It is not known what the role of Melrose House was or what Geoffrey did prior to D-Day. After serving in Europe, he arrived in Egypt in November 1945 when his division (believed to be 3rd Division) was transferred to the Middle East. He did not return home until 1946 when his wife greeted him at the train station. She was living with an elderly aunt at the time.

He only told a couple of amusing stories about the war, but said little in detail. One story was of him and his friend in a bunker during bombing; he felt something hot on his leg and was worried but it was tomato soup.

After the war he went back to work in the ROF and later retired early on medical grounds.

History

Item list and details

1. Copy of descriptions of the objects 2. Service Book and other documents. 3. Replica newspaper from day after D-Day 4. 'Garth and Trevor ISA Ward Welcome Fund' certificate awarded to everyone from that area. His grandmother worked in a hospital during the war, which may create some connection to the certificate. 5. Various photographs and clippings 6. Wooden box containing a variety of medals and insignia, including the War Medal and the Defence Medal

Person the story/items relate to

David John Lloyd

Person who shared the story/items

Carol Ann Holmes

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Father

Type of submission

Shared at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Oxfordshire on 1 April 2023.

Record ID

91918 | WOO005