Letter: Can readers help with new book?

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As Remembrance Day approaches again, can I use your letters page to ask whether any family still live in Ilkeston for Private Edward Lloyd, who was born in Cotmanhay in 1892, died in 1918 and is buried in Park Cemetery?

I am researching a book for Ilkeston & District Local History Society to be published in the spring containing the stories of some of those from Ilkeston who fought in the First World War.

Edward Lloyd’s story sounds like a novel; a coal miner, he joined the 12th Sherwood Foresters in November 1914 and landed in France in August the following year. He married Florence Jane Parry at Awsworth Parish Church in November 1915 and the following May she gave birth to their son Samuel. Florence died the next day of complications from childbirth. Baby Samuel died only six months later of tuberculosis.

In June 1917 Edward was shot in the thigh and leg and was sent back to hospital in Manchester. In July he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was invalided out of the army in October. He never recovered and died on 12th April 1918 of his war injuries and tuberculosis of the lung. He is buried in Ilkeston’s Park Cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Edward had been sent to France at the end of August 1915, married in November 1915, lost his father in January 1916, his wife in May 1916 and his 17 year old brother Arthur and son Samuel within eleven days of each other in November 1916.

I have been in touch with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and they are seeing whether it would be possible to mark Edward’s grave with one of their headstones. It would be very interesting to hear from any family, particularly if they have any photographs or other memorabilia of Private Lloyd.

The Ilkeston & District Local History Society are still asking for photographs and stories about those from Ilkeston & District who fought in the Great War, those who came back as well as those who died. We can be contacted at railwaytales@gmail.com or mail@ilkestonhistory.org.uk.

Grant Shaw

Secretary, Ilkeston and District Local History Society