Offaly History

Lloyd family of Gloster House, Co. Offaly

Lloyd family of Gloster House, Co. Offaly

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien


Gloster House and estate lies on the east side of the road between Roscrea, Co. Tipperary and Birr, Co. Offaly. It is situated in the civil parish of Ettagh which contains about 6,500 acres. The name of Gloster is said to be a deviation of Glasderrymore which means big green oak wood. In the time of King James 1st the Medhop family were granted the estate by royal patent.[1]

Medhop family of Gloster House

The earliest mention of Edmond Medhop (also spelt Midhop) is from January 1615 when King James wrote to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Chichester, that Edmund Medhop should have a lease of unspecified Irish crown lands for 60 years. In November 1615 Edmond Medhop was appointed clerk of the Irish House of Commons.[2] Over the following years Edmond Medhop acquired other government jobs in Ireland such as clerk of the pleas at the Exchequer. He continued to acquire leases of crown property or as a grantee of concealed lands. Edmond Medhop also managed lands grants for his brother-in-law Sir Francis Annesley, Lord Mountnorris and the Villiers family.[3]

In October 1622 Edmond Medhop was recorded as paying £50 as a fine to the government for land in Ely O’Carroll as part of the plantation of that region. The region of Ely O’Carroll covers the area of south Offaly and north Tipperary. In 1619 Edmund Medhop acquired 500 acres with 135 acres of waste land in Ely O’Carroll as part of the plantation and was to pay £6 10s 7½d in rent to the government. As part of the plantation conditions undertakers of land less than 500 acres were to build a good house of stone or brick with lime. Edmund Medhop began building the stone house but died before completion and his widow finished the job.[4] This could have been the early building of Gloster House.


A 19th century photo of Gloster House

Elsewhere in Ely O’Carroll Edmund Medhop held the towns of Tromragh and Moynrath by letters patent in 1621 but only briefly as by 1622 Samuel Downing had purchased the towns. Edmund Medhop got the towns from Richard Cosby who acquired same in 1608. It seems that Edmund Medhop died in 1622 as his widow was recorded as holding his property in Ely O’Carroll. She was recorded as one of only two resident undertakers – the rest lived away from their new estates.[5]

Elsewhere, in Ireland, Edmund Medhop had acquired other property. Under the Wexford plantation begun in 1617 Edmund Medhop was recorded as an undertaker of 1,000 acres paying a rent to the government of £5 6s 8d per year.[6]

By 1639 Francis Medhop of Gloster and Tonagh, King’s County (Offaly) had a daughter as his sole heir, Margaret Rose Medhop.[7] In 1639 Trevor Lloyd married Margaret Rose Medhop, heiress of the estate, and thus began an association which lasted until 1958.[8] Francis Medhop was still alive in 1640 and 1641 when he made a bond with Lady Anne Parsons of Birr Castle.[9] In 1641 Francis Medhop held the townlands of Ballkeelinbeg and Ballykeelinmore in the parish of Shinrone along with the townlands of Lisnabrony and Balleculline in Kilmurry parish. Francis Medhop continued to hold these lands into the 1670s.[10]

Trevor Lloyd, 1st of his family at Gloster

Trevor Lloyd was the third son of Evan Lloyd of Bodidris, Co. Denbighshire, by Mary, the daughter and co-heir of Sir Richard Trevor of Allington, Denbighshire. Evan Lloyd was a captain-general in the army of Charles 1st in Ireland. The Lloyd family had an estate at Bodidris for many generations. Evan’s grandfather was Sir Evan Lloyd, husband of Elizabeth Mostyn. Sir Evan Lloyd’s great grandfather was David Lloyd of Bodidris, son of Tudor ap Ienen, 3rd son of Ievan ap Llwellyn. The family claimed descent from Cadrod Hard, a prince of Anglesey in the tenth century.[11]

Trevor Lloyd served as a captain in the army of Charles 1st but this did not cause him much discomfort in the Civil War and subsequent Republican government. During the Cromwellian period (1649-1660), Trevor Lloyd acquired additional property. After the Restoration of Charles II, Trevor Lloyd received further lands.[12] In the 1660s he acquired 142 acres of the land formerly belonging to Donagh McGillefoyle in Kilmurry parish.[13] In 1672 he was included with many people inside and outside King’s County (Offaly) to act in a general commission of the peace in the county.[14]

Like many people after 1660 Trevor Lloyd was involved in the army. In July 1662 Trevor Lloyd was listed as a cornet in the troop of horse under the command of Mark Trevor.[15] In November 1664 Trevor Lloyd was cornet in the horse troop of Viscount Dungannon. By March 1675 Trevor Lloyd was a Lieutenant in the horse troop of Captain Edward Brabazon. In August 1677 Captain Henry Boyle was captain of the horse troop which was based at Tallow, Co. Waterford. By June 1682 Trevor Lloyd was a Captain and in charge of his own foot company of 76 soldiers.[16]

In 1685 the late Major Trevor Lloyd was listed as in a foot company. In company with the changes in the military command in Ireland after the accession of King James II, Trevor Lloyd was replaced by Major William Dorrington.[17]

Medhop Lloyd

In 1685 Trevor Lloyd died and was succeed at Gloster house by his son Medhop Lloyd. A second son, Trevor Lloyd, faded out of the history books.[18] In 1696 Medhop Lloyd married Hannah Lovett, a daughter of Christopher Lovett, a former Lord Mayor of Dublin. The couple had fourteen children but only one; Trevor Lloyd lived to leave any descendants.[19]

Trevor Lloyd and building Gloster House

By the marriage the Lloyd family became connected with one of the leading architects of early eighteenth century Ireland, Sir Edward Lovett-Pearce (c. 1690-1733). Sir Edward’s mother was Frances Lovett, daughter of Christopher Lovett. In the 1720s Trevor Lloyd, only surviving son of Medhop Lloyd, decided to enlarge and embellish the old Gloster House. Sir Edward Lovett-Pearce was employed to do the job and in so doing created one of the finest country houses of its day. Some writers have suggested that Sir Edward Lovett-Pearce may have drawn up the plans for the house but that local builders actually did the work. This maybe so but as a cousin of Trevor Lloyd it is possible that Sir Edward paid one or two visits to Gloster to see his cousins and the works. The land in Ettagh parish is a rich loam and good for tillage which made the Gloster estate a wealthy place to afford a fine house.[20]


Gloster House from the south lawn 

If Gloster House was the work of Sir Edward Lovett-Pearce, the situation of the house is more like what Sir John Vanbrugh would do. Usually a grand house has a long avenue to build up the excitement of visiting a large house. But Gloster House is approach by a short avenue from the west. The impression given by the short avenue with trees on each side and with a moderate house seen at the end is of a small estate. But then you come out of the trees and round the corner and bang! – Gloster House hits you with the unexpected majesty of its construction – that is so typical Vanbrugh. Keep the visitors guessing as to what they are going to see and then surprise them is a hallmark of Vanbrugh’s work. This arrangement at Gloster House is not surprising as the grandmother of Sir Edward Lovett-Pearce was Mary Carleton and her sister, Elizabeth, married Giles Vanbrugh, the father of the great architect, Sir John Vanbrugh. It is said that Edward Lovett-Pearce worked for a time under Sir John Vanbrugh before setting out on his own career.[21]

On Tuesday, 13th June 1749 John Wesley preached in the new house. John Wesley wrote of visit that “We rode over to Gloster, a beautiful seat, built by an English gentleman who had scarce finished his house and had laid his gardens, when he was called to his everlasting home. Sir Laurence Parsons and his lady dined with us. About five, I preached in the stately saloon to a little company of plain serious people. The fine ones looked on, and some of them seemed to be a little affected”. It seems that John Wesley was also not so affected by Gloster’s charms as he failed to visit the place in 1750 when he was in Birr and Roscrea. The local Methodist community established more securely by other preachers remained small compared to the Church of Ireland community.[22]

Trevor Lloyd of Gloster House married Henrietta, daughter of James Waller, of Castletown, Co. Limerick. James Waller was a descendant of Sir Hardress Waller, Governor of Limerick during the Commonwealth, and thus the name Hardress came into the Lloyd family. Trevor and Henrietta Lloyd had three sons and one daughter, namely: John, Hardress, and Waller Lloyd who married Lovat Ashe of Ashgrove, Co. Tipperary. The only daughter, Rose, married Alexander Saunderson, of Castle Saunderson, Co. Cavan. Trevor Lloyd made his will in January 1733 and this was proved in January 1747. He was succeeded at Gloster House by his eldest son, John Lloyd.[23]

John Lloyd

John Lloyd of Gloster served as M.P. for King’s County (Offaly) from 1768 until 1790, and subsequently for the borough of Inistiogue in Co. Kilkenny. It seems that John Lloyd was left to his own judgement in the Dublin Parliament. In September 1780 the Grand Jury of King’s County wrote to the two county M.P.s that they were free to vote without any instructions from their constituents. In 1782 (against Grattan’s Parliament) and in 1798 John Lloyd supported the government and the Earl of Rosse. But in 1787 he was placed among the doubtful M.P.s and under the patronage of Lord Lansdowne. By 1799 John Lloyd had moved into the opposition benches as he was against the Act of Union.[24]

At a local level John Lloyd had to deal with the troubled times of the 1790s with armed factions travelling the countryside and the 1798 rebellion. On Ash Wednesday 1797 a man called Thomas Doolan was shot in his own home by the Ribbon Society. On 23rd October 1798 John Lloyd, as the local magistrate, heard the evidence of the murder. Later two or three people were hanged for the crime. Attempts to organise a rebellion in 1798 in the Shinrone area came to nothing because of a heavy clamp down by the Shinrone and Dunkerrin Yeomenry.[25]

In 1777 John Lloyd married Jane, youngest daughter and co-heir (with her sisters, Anne, wife of Rev. Abraham Symes, D.D., and Alice, wife of Samuel Hayes, of Avondale) of Thomas Le Hunt, 5th son of George le Hunt of Artramont, Co. Wexford.[26]

John and Jane Lloyd had five sons and two daughters, namely; Hardress, Trevor (died 1796), Thomas (died unmarried in 1813), Evan (died unmarried), and John Lloyd. The latter in May 1822 married Martha, daughter of William Peisley Vaughan, of Golden Grove, King’s County (Offaly) and in the same parish of Ettagh as Gloster House. Martha was the sister and heir of William Peisley Vaughan. They had an only daughter and an heir, Mary Vaughan Lloyd who married Samuel Dawson Hutchinson, of Mount Heaton. Samuel Hutchinson subsequently assumed the surname of Lloyd-Vaughan and died in 1845, leaving an only son, William Peisley Hutchinson Lloyd-Vaughan of Golden Grove, who in 1899 was heir-general and representative of the Lloyd family of Gloster House.[27]

The two daughters of John and Jane Lloyd of Gloster were Alice and Harriet. The latter married Rev. King of Ballylin. On 5th April 1797 John Lloyd’s daughter, Alice, married Lawrence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse, of Birr Castle. The marriage between Alice and Lawrence formalized the friendly link which had existed between the two families for the previous century. Alice Lloyd was the mother of the 3rd Earl, the famous scientist/mathematician and designer who built a telescope in Birr. This telescope remained the largest in the world until the end of the nineteenth century.[28] As part of the marriage settlement the Parsons family and Lloyd family managed a jointed estate in the Shinrone area including the village.[29]

Hardress Lloyd

John Lloyd of Gloster House was succeeded by his eldest son Hardress Lloyd who was born in the 1780s. In 1807 Hardress Lloyd was elected as the junior M.P. for King’s County (Offaly). The senior M.P. was Thomas Bernard who was first elected in 1802 and served until his defeat in 1832. In the uncontested 1807 election Hardress Lloyd received endorsement from Sir Arthur Wellesley, then Chief Secretary of Ireland, towards his election.[30] Hardress Lloyd only served as M.P. until 1818 when he was succeeded by John Parsons.[31]


Upper gallery at Gloster House

It is possible that Hardress Lloyd would have stayed on longer as an M.P. but for the pressure from the Parson family. As early as March 1809 the Parson family were upset at Lloyd’s voting record. On 17th March 1809 Hardress Lloyd had voted against the Duke of York and followed the opposition in two separate divisions. In December 1816 the rumour mills were circulating a story that Hardress Lloyd would no contest the next election. John Lloyd said it was for his son to decide if he should continue as M.P. By February 1817 the Parson family were putting pressure on Hardress Lloyd to vacate the seat for John Parsons.[32]

Later Hardress Lloyd became a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for King’s County (Offaly). He was also a magistrate for County Tipperary.[33] Hardress Lloyd was a Lieutenant- Colonel in the South Down Regiment of Militia and was known as Colonel Hardress Lloyd.[34]

Hardress Lloyd would need all his military skills in September 1828 as a large crowd of Greenboys and Greengirls converged upon Shinrone village. At that time Shinrone had a large Protestant population and a very active Orange Lodge. It was feared that a great bloodbath would occur if the march proceeded. Two Catholic priests travelled at breakneck speed throughout the surrounding district and stopped the vast majority of the marchers. Meanwhile Lord Oxmantown had brought police and soldiers to Shinrone to resist the march and aid the local Orangemen. Colonel Lloyd arrived upon the village and succeeded in reducing the desire for a battle among the Orangemen and soldiers. The march that never happened persuaded the Duke of Wellington that Catholic Emancipation could no longer be blocked and it passed the following year.[35]

In the years 1845-50 the Great Famine struck Ireland. The Famine was worst along the western seaboard counties but the area around Gloster House did not go untouched. Between 1841 and 1861 the population of the area fell by half. The blight first struck in 1845 but really started to impact on people’s lives in 1846 when most of the potato crop failed. Relief committees were established to help the worst affected people. In May 1846 a relief committee was established at Shinrone under the chairmanship of Colonel Hardress Lloyd of Gloster House and a relief fund was opened.[36]

In King’s County (Offaly) many landlords were non-resident absentees and the level of landlord commitment towards local improvement varied highly.[37] The majority of the local landlords around Shinrone and the district were humane and gave generously. Among the foremost of these “good” landlords was Colonel Hardress Lloyd of Gloster House. He not only assisted the poor on his own estate but helped in the greater district. Colonel Lloyd was also against the continued export of corn out of Ireland while the people were dying by the thousand. Unless the corn trade was stopped an even greater famine would ensue. But the cattle and the corn continued to be exported and the people went on dying. For many people the workhouse offered the only hope of survival. The chief local workhouse was at Roscrea where a building intended for 700 people had over 2,000 people at the peak. Colonel Hardress Lloyd was often elected chairman of the Roscrea Poor Law Union which managed and funded the workhouse.[38]

With the normal conditions of life breaking down due to the effects of the Great Famine, the number of crimes against property and people went on the increase. As a local magistrate Colonel Hardress Lloyd oversaw the law as it took on the criminals. Some people did get imprisonment for crimes committed while at other times they were released. A man named Clennens was release after he was caught with suspected stolen property from a forge at Shinrone. Colonel Lloyd gave the character references for his release.[39]

The mystery Hardress Lloyd

Within the Rosse archive at Birr Castle and also among the Earl of Rosse papers at the National Library (MS.13885) there are documents relating to the financial affairs of Captain Hardress Lloyd. In 1823-5 Captain Hardress Lloyd is described as deceased. It is not clear how this Hardress Lloyd is related to the Lloyd family of Gloster but his forename would suggest some certain relationship.[40]

John Lloyd

Colonel Hardress Lloyd died unmarried in 1860 and was succeeded at Gloster House by his natural son, John Lloyd.[41] In 1863 John Lloyd was in discussions with the 3rd Earl of Rosse on the partition of an estate near Shinrone. This estate was part of the marriage settlement of Alicia (Alice) Lloyd to Lawrence Parsons in 1797.[42] In 1866 John Lloyd of Gloster House was made High Sheriff of King’s County (Offaly). John Lloyd was also a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant of King’s County.[43] In 1867 John Lloyd became a member of the First Drainage Board for a Parliament approved drainage scheme around Parsonstown (Birr).[44]

By 1876 the large estate around Gloster House was estimated at 4,536 acres and worth £1.474.[45] John Lloyd owned another 92 acres over the border in Co. Tipperary.[46] In County Offaly the three big landlords, with over 20,000 acres were the Parsons of Birr, the Charlevilles of Tullamore and the Digbys of Geashill. Two other landlords, the Bernards of Castletown and the Marquis of Downshire estate around Edenderry had over 10,000 acres each. The Lloyds of Gloster were included among the about 40 landlords with over 2,000 acres.[47] A substantial part of the Gloster estate was farmed directly by the Lloyd family which caused later resentment by the Land League and the United Irish League who campaigned for a fairer distribution of the land.[48]

On 14th November 1872, John Lloyd married Susannah Frances Julia (died 1886), 2nd daughter of John Thomas Rosborough Colclough, of Tintern Abbey, Co. Wexford. They had three sons and four daughters before John’s death on 26th January 1883 at the age of fifty. The children were: John Hardress (born 14th August 1874), Evan Colclough (b. 4th January 1877), Llewellyn Wilfrid Medhop (b. 27th July 1879), Mary Louisa Arthurina Gwendoline Colclough (b. 28th August 1873), Susan Frederica Lillian May (b. 4th September 1875), Alice Maude Josephine (b. 14th April 1878) and Myrtle Susan Lloyd (b. 9th August 1883).[49] As can be seen Myrtle Lloyd was born after the death of her father. It is also interesting to note that most of the children were born in August or shortly before and after that month – John and Susannah Lloyd enjoyed the December festivities.

Evan Colclough Lloyd served in the army and attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Irish Regiment. He fought in the Boer War (1899-1902) and in World War One when he was three times mentioned in dispatches. In March 1916, he married Mary (d. 27th October 1968), 2nd daughter of Sir Heffernan Considine of Pallasgreen, co Limerick, and died 28th February 1945, leaving one son, Evan Trevor Lloyd.[50]

Llewellyn Medhop Lloyd also served in the Boer War and in World War One (in the Royal Navy Reserve and the Royal Air Force). He was a major in the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment. On 28th September 1915, he married Linda (d. 17th June 1963), daughter of John Craig, of London, and dies in March 1957 leaving a son, Hardress Llewellyn Lloyd who served for many years in the Royal Navy. Hardress Lloyd married Suzanna Turnpenny and had two sons (John and Andrew) and one daughter (Kathryn).[51]

John Hardress Lloyd

In January 1883 John Hardress Lloyd succeeded his father to Gloster House. He would become the last Lloyd of direct descent to hold Gloster House. It would that the estate was in good condition in the early 1880s. In 1882 a total of 209 Offaly landlords applied for government financial support to offset accumulated rent arrears. The Gloster House estate claimed no problem with rent arrears at that time and didn’t apply for government support.[52] As John Hardress Lloyd was a minor when he succeeded his father the estate was managed by his cousin William Peisley Hutchinson Lloyd-Vaughan of Golden Grove.[53]

1901 census

In the 1901 census John’s sisters were in charge of Gloster House as he was overseas, fighting in the Boer War. Gwendeline Lloyd (aged 27) was the head of the household. She was joined in the house by her sisters, Lilian Lloyd Cotegrave (aged 25 and married), Alys Lloyd (aged 22), Myrtle Lloyd (aged 17), and by her niece, Perriwinkle Cotegrave (aged one). They were all members of the Church of Ireland as was their visitor, Thomas Cradock (aged 50), an agent.


Main entrance hall at Gloster House

There were five servants in Gloster House of whom four were Roman Catholics. They were Maria Nolan (aged 40, cook, born Co. Wexford), Sarah Cahill (aged 27, housemaid, born King’s County), Ellen Fogarty (aged 21, kitchen maid, born Co. Tipperary), and Patrick O’Brien (aged 19, domestic servant, born Co. Waterford). The Church of Ireland servant was Jenie Dawn (aged 37, nurse, born in England).[54] Away from the big house there were other servants living in houses rented from the Lloyd family. Timothy Delany junior was a gardener while his two brothers were agricultural labourers working at Gloster House. Richard Cole lived in another house and was the estate steward. He came from County Carlow. Other people living in Glasderry More townland, in which Gloster House was situated, also possibly worked on the estate.

In 1901 Gloster House was described as twenty-one windows in the front of the house and forty rooms within. Outside there were thirty-one outbuildings.[55] These outbuildings included 4 stables, 2 coach houses and one harness house. There were 4 cow houses, one calf house, one dairy, 2 piggeries, and one fowl house, barn and boiling house. Also there were 2 turf houses, one potato house, one workshop, 6 sheds and on each of a forge, laundry and store house.[56]

John Hardress Lloyd

In 1903 John Hardress Lloyd married Adeline Wilson, an Australian heiress. Her inheritance injected substantial financial resources into the estate which resulted in internal remodelling of the house and major enhancements to the gardens.[57] John Hardress Lloyd joined the army, serving with the 21st Lancers. He fought in the North-West Frontier of India (1897), the Boer War and World War One, eventually became a Brigadier-General. During World War One he was noted as a distinguished general.[58] In 1917 Lieutenant Colonel Hardress Lloyd was involved with the Tank Corps.[59]

1911 census

In the 1911 census John Hardress Lloyd was head of the household at Gloster House and lived there with his wife, Adeline, and a house full of servants. By 1911 the number of servants in the house had increased to nine and their place of origin had expanded beyond the shores of Ireland. The servants were Annie Hawkins (aged 28, cook/domestic servant, born Co. Galway, Church of Ireland), Effie Ball (aged 19, kitchen maid/domestic servant, born Gloucestershire, Church of England), Susan Whitford (aged 18, fuelley maid/domestic servant, born King’s Co., Church of Ireland), Rachel Fotherby (aged 28, housemaid/domestic servant, born Yorkshire, Church of England), Hannah Quillane (aged 37, housemaid/domestic servant, born Co. Cork, Roman Catholic), Gabrielle Labre (aged 40, lady’s maid/domestic servant, born in Paris, France, Church of England), William Elliott (aged 21, footman/domestic servant, born Lincolnshire, Church of England), Frank Kenna (aged 20, odd boy/domestic servant, born King’s Co., Roman Catholic), and Annie Rose Goodman (aged 30, nurse maid/domestic servant, born Suffolk, Church of England).[60] A recent study of the origin of servants for a gentry’s house in Co. Cork (estate of about 1,800 acres) found that most of the servants came from within the estate and those from outside came from within a six mile radius of the house – see article =

By 1911 changed was also to be seen in and around Gloster House. The number of windows in front of the house had increased to twenty-three while the number of rooms within had decreased to twenty-five. Outside the number of outbuildings had decreased to twenty-five.[61] These outbuildings consisted of 5 stables, 2 coach houses and one harness house along with 4 cow houses and one each of a calf house, dairy, piggery, fowl house and barn. There were also 2 turf houses, 2 workshops, 3 sheds and one forge.[62]

Gloster House after 1911

After World War One and the Irish War of Independence life in, and around, Gloster House changed considerably. The large estate was reduced to the few hundred acres around the house and the number of servants declined. Adeline Wilson Lloyd died in 1933 and John Hardress Lloyd lived on until 1952. The couple had no children and so the Gloster house estate was inherited by their nephew Major Evan T. Trevor Lloyd. The Major held the estate for only a few years when in 1958 he sold it to an order of nuns.[63] Major Evan Lloyd died in January 1964 leaving an adopted daughter, Sarah.[64]

In 1990 the religious order ended their activities at Gloster and in 1992 the estate was sold to the Macra ne Feirme organization. The organisation intended to operate the estate as a national rural training centre much like the successful An Grianan estate (in Co. Louth) operated by the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. But the project proved to be a financial mishap for the organisation and is still referred to as ‘the Gloster House affair’.[65] After a few years they sold it to a pharmaceutical organisation that held it until 2001 when it was purchased by the present owners. Today the beautifully restored house and 140 acres is used for weddings receptions and other entertainments.




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[15] The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde preserved at the Castle, Kilkenny, vol. 1 (H.M.C. 1895), p. 241

[16] The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde preserved at the Castle, Kilkenny, vol. II (H.M.C. 1899), pp. 189, 202, 206, 231

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3 thoughts on “Lloyd family of Gloster House, Co. Offaly

  1. Niall. Very much enjoyed reading the fruits of you research on Gloster. Mary and I have been the owners of this property since 2001. If you would like to incorporate some very small amendments I would be delighted to assist you.
    Kind regards
    Tom Alexander

  2. Joe Gleeson says:

    Niall, I quite enjoyed reading your article. I have some information on Llewellyn Wilfred Medhop Lloyd’s service with the Royal Naval Air Service in World War I. (He was commanding officer at Shotley Kite Balloon base). I can forward it to you if you’re interested, though it’d perhaps be of greater interest to the family than to Gloster House.

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