Herbert Alfred LOYDSTROM


LOYDSTROM, Herbert Alfred

Service Number: 1900
Enlisted: 1 September 1915, Sydney
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 1st Field Company Engineers
Born: New South Wales, Australia, 1897
Home Town: Hurstville, Kogarah, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Printers Assistant
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 22 October 1917
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Plot III, Row J, Grave 16,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Municipality of Hurstville Pictorial Honour Roll No 1
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1915: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Sapper, SN 1900, 1st Field Company Engineers, Sydney
16 Oct 1915: Involvement Sapper, SN 1900, 1st Field Company Engineers, Third Ypres
16 Oct 1915: Embarked Sapper, SN 1900, 1st Field Company Engineers, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
22 Oct 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 1900, 1st Field Company Engineers, Third Ypres

OBITUARY from newspaper article

Petty-Officer William" Edward Willis, of H.M.AS. Protector, whio was well known at Port Adelaide, died recently in the Fremantle Hospital as the result of an accident at sea while the warship was steaming between Albany and Fremantle. He was 45 years of age, and served 23 years in the naval reserve, for which he received the long-service medal. He was very popular with his shipmates, and was buried with naval honours in the soldiers section of the Church of England Cemetery, Fremantle.

The service was conducted by the naval chaplain (Rev. Canon B. H. Moore). Three volleys were fired and the "Last Post" was sounded. The funeral escort or firing party consisted of 26 bluejackets from HMAS Protector under Chief-Petty-Officer Davey. A band played the "Dead March," the mortuary carriage, bearing the casket, was shrouded with the Union Jack, and the pallbearers were selected from the deceased's shipmates.

The chief mourners were Mr- J. Willis (brother), Mr. and Mrs. B. Poole (cousins), Mr. and Mrs. E. Garavanta, Mr. and Mrs. Polkingborn, and Messrs. W. Sinclair and A. Owston.

Besides the ship's company, including all ranks and ratings, the A. Company of senior naval cadets was also in attendance. The parade was under the supervision of Warrant Officer J. A. Newton,

Officers present, were Commander P. ,Weir, (of Port Adelaide), of HMAS Protector, Lieutenant-Commander H. Barlee, R.A.N.R. (representing the Western Australian
district Naval Officer, Captain Dare, Staff-Surgeon D. E. Williams, B.A.N.R., and Engineer-Midshipman Stapleton. Mr. Franke Howe (secetajry of the Fremantle Lumpers' Union) represented the Port Adelaide Working Men's Association, of which deceased was a member, and Mr. T. McSbarer (secretary of the Fremantle Seamen's Union) represented the Federated Seamen's Union.

The late Mr. Willis was one of the crew of the Protector when that vessel went to China in connection with the Boxer rebellion, for which he received a medal. He was a member of the All-British League of Port Adelaide, and left a widow and two children, who reside at Largs Bay, two sisters (Mrs. G. Bloomfield and Mrs. T. Hayman, of Exeter), and two brothers (Messrs. Tom and jab- Willis, of Kanowna, Western Australia).

At the. conclusion of the burial service separate wreaths were placed on the grave by the officers, the chief petty officers, the engine room staff, the seamen, and the stokers of H.M.A1S. Protector. N.C.Os. and A. and I. staff, Largs Bay; A. and I staff, Fremantle; Navy Office, Fremantle; his two brothers, and his cousins (MT. and Mrs. Poole).

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Herbert Alfred LOYDSTROM was born in Sydney, New South Wales in 1897

His parents were Cecil Victor LOYDSTROM and Alice Amonica JACQUES

He had previously served for 4 years with the 38th Infantry Battalion & 2 months with the 4th Field Company before enlisting in Sydney on 1st September, 1915 and embarking from Melbourne on 16th October, 1915 on the HMAT Port Lincolm with the 1st Field Company Engineers, 9th reinforcements

Herbert died of wounds in Belgium on 22nd October, 1917 and is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery

Medals:  1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal