Appeal to find relatives of heroric soldier and his lost photographs

A picture believed to have been taken by Anthony Lloyd showing his friend 'Sonny' at Arnhem in September 1944.
A picture believed to have been taken by Anthony Lloyd showing his friend 'Sonny' at Arnhem in September 1944.

An appeal has been launched to find the relatives of a paratrooper who died in the Second World War.

Corporal Anthony Bertram Lloyd, born in Glamorgan, was 21 when he died from wounds suffered at Arnhem in September 1944 while serving with the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment.

He was posthumously awarded a Military Medal for his actions in Tunisia in 1943 after capturing a military post single-handedly, and is buried in Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Arhhem.

While in Arhhem, he carried a camera which made it home to his parents who were living in Glamorgan at the time.

One picture – showing his friend ‘Sonny’ at Arnhem in September 1944 – was developed from the roll of film and now an appeal has been launched to find Anthony’s relatives and any further pictures from the film.

His older brother Norman moved to Northumberland working at the Brewery Representative, marrying Elizabeth Murray in 1949.

They retired to live in Bristol Street, Whitley Bay. Officials believe they had one daughter, thought to be Jane Lloyd, in 1951.

She then married a Michael Wilson in 1972, and had three children – Sarah, Helen and Benjamin.

The researcher, who is leading the appeal to find the remaining pictures off the camera, said: “The quest is to find the other photographs from the roll of film.

“The present assumption is that Norman, as the only surviving Lloyd, would have been in receipt of the family ‘documents’ after his brother and parents had died, and hopefully these family ‘heirlooms’ were then passed down to Jane – including the photos.

“We are hoping this quest can come to a fruitful conclusion.”

Anyone who has information can email david.sedgwick@jpress.co.uk