Thomas Lloyd, d.1935
Thomas Lloyd, vicar of Rhyl, became Archdeacon of St Asaph in 1910. He was previously the diocese’s rural Dean and had been vicar of Abergele. He was the preacher at the annual National Welsh Festival in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on 28 February 1903 (the eve of St David’s Day).
Thomas was born in 1857. He married Ellen Jones, from Lampeter, in 1886.
His gravestone records that he was also “Bishop of Maenan”. Maenan is in the Conwy Valley, at the western edge of the diocese. King Edward I moved the monks of Aberconwy Abbey there so that he could use their original site for the castle and walled town of Conwy. He granted them land and Eglwysbach church, which returned to the diocese’s possession after the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.
One of his sons, Thomas Glyn Lloyd, graduated from Cambridge and was rejected several times by the army on medical grounds after the First World War began. He was eventually accepted, and soon promoted to Captain, serving in the Welsh Regiment. He was killed in action in May 1918, aged 27.
The couple lost their daughter Helen in 1922. Seven years later, their son Herbert Marsden, died at sea while returning home from Africa as an invalid. He was educated at Colet House School, Rhyl, and at St John’s College, Cambridge. He was a chorister and, in 1911, Wales’ amateur golf champion. He was appointed a political officer in Nigeria in 1914 and fought with the West Africa Regiment during the war. He was the magistrate of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, before illness forced him to embark on the journey home.