Percy Arnold Lloyd-Jones, Great Malvern Cemetery

It is something of a man when his service covers more than a decade of history.


For this man, Lieutenant Colonel Percy Arnold Lloyd-Jones his service was in medicine. A doctor. A soldier. He was 40 years of age when a last lamented wander down to check in on regimental aid posts under his command in his sector left him wounded and dying - it was the 22nd December 1916.


In just a few short minutes, the son who had promised his parents a fleeting visit sometime after Christmas left them in receipt of a telegram Christmas Day 1916 offering them the solicitudes of a fallen officer and a fallen man. Just was this war. Like any war.


He was a medical man that is to be sure. Born in Cheshire - having attended Manchester Grammar School, he became a doctor and then surgeon from St Johns, Cambridge and St Barts. A doctor of his time. But then came the soldier.


He served during the Boer War with the Suffolk Regiment before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in the new century (1904). And so began the slow slide up through rank and position, and history.


In 1908 when an earthquake hit the area of the Mediterranean where he was serving at Malta, he formed part of an emergency field ambulance to visit Sicilly and specifically Messina and Calabria. The 1908 earthquake killed tens of thousands of people. Percy was awarded the Italian Red Cross Medal for services in the Messina Earthquake and awarded the title of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy, by the King of Italy.


In 1912, he served with the Red Cross in the ongoing Balkan Wars - a precursor to the beginning of the First World War. Managing by all accounts a cholera hospital near Constantinople and being awarded a Turkish medal for his assistance.


When the Great War began, his war found him on the Western Front - commanding the fates of several Field Ambulance Stations - his rank bouncing back and forth between Major and Lieutenant Colonel. He was twice Mentioned in Despatches and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) by King George V.


But it seems his drive and purpose was more about self-sacrifice than awards - it seems he had no real reason to take that last wander down to the regimental aid posts where he was mortally wounded - where some would have passed, he chose to continue - to do the job of doctor and soldier - the position of which his family must have been immortally proud.


His family's memorial to him lies in Great Malvern Cemetery in the family plot. A personal farewell to a man of service and honour. A place to remember him far from his last battlefield.


Wars Last Goodbyes pays a tribute to this man - doctor and soldier: https://www.warslastgoodbyes.com/individual/Percy-Arnold/Lloyd-Jones


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