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Friday, January 2, 2015 Edward Durnford and Elizabeth Langley Their daughter Annabella Barbara Durnford

Edward Durnford and Elizabeth Langley their eldest daughter Annabella Barbara Durnford

1.3  Annabella Barbara Durnford was born in Ireland in 1834, and with the family lived in Glasgow while her father was on duty.  She married in 1858 Colonel Edward Lloyd of Royal Engineers

He was born in Madras, his father must have also been in the Army and was stationed there.
He served in the Royal Engineers and was at the Battle of Sebastopol, in the Crimea.

An article in the Gazette includes a despatch from Lieut-Colonel Edward Lloyd commanding Royal Engineers, describing the complete destruction of the docks at Sebastopol.  The despatches confirm the published accounts that the operations were very arduous and muct obstructed by rain and wet.

The Siege of Sevastopol lasted from September 1854 until September 1855, during the Crimean War. The allies (French, Ottoman, and British) landed at Eupatoria on 14 September 1854, intending to make a triumphal march to Sevastopol, the capital of the Crimea, with 50,000 men. The 56-kilometre (35 mi) traverse took a year of fighting against the Russians. Major battles along the way were Alma (September 1854), Balaklava (October 1854), Inkerman (November 1854), Tchernaya (August 1855), Redan (September 1855), and, finally, Sevastopol (September 1855). During the siege, the allied navy undertook six bombardments of the capital, on 17 October 1854; and on 9 April, 6 June, 17 June, 17 August, and 5 September 1855.

Sevastopol is one of the classic sieges of all time.The city of Sevastopol was the home of the Tsar's Black Sea Fleet, which threatened the Mediterranean. The Russian field army withdrew before the allies could encircle it. The siege was the culminating struggle for the strategic Russian port in 1854–1855 and was the final episode in the Crimean War.

Moving from their base at Balaklava at the start of October, French and British engineers began to direct the building of siege lines along the Chersonese uplands to the south of Sevastopol The troops prepared redoubts, gun batteries, and trenches.

He must have then been posted to Ireland where he married Annabella Durnford, at Donnybrook in Dublin, on 8th December 1858.  He was 50 when they married.

From the birthplace of the children, the family must then have travelled to Bermuda, possibly with the 5th Royal Engineers, as the following information reveals.

The Cunard mail-steamship Canada, which left Liverpool last Saturday for Halifax and Boston, took out the seventh battery of the tenth brigade of Royal Artillery (Captain child's), 6 officers and 117 men, to Halifax; and the eighth battery of the same brigade (Captain M'Rae's), 6 officers and 117 men, for Newfoundland. She also took out the fifth company of the Royal Engineers, for Bermuda-4 officers and 100 men; and six men of the Army Hospital Corps, for New Brunswick. The Canada also took out 103 tons of ammunition and stores, of which 73 tons are for Bermuda and 30 tons for Newfoundland; and £50,000 on Government account. A large number of the officers of the Staff went in the Canada.

Edward and Annabella's Children

1.3.1  Annabella Maria Lloyd      22 August 1854 bap 1859, in Ireland  and who did not marry
                                                                                              d  1938
1.3.2  Charles Edward Lloyd       12 June 1862 a Major   born St George Bermuda
                                                                                    Served in  Indian Staff Corp  1897 d

1.3.3  Louisa Harriet Lloyd         January 1864   Chorlton Lancashire   Was a nurse in 1901 unmarried
                                                                                       d  1948
1.3.4  Francis Augusta Lloyd       21 January 1866  Donnybrook Dublin    Born in England

1.3.5  William St Aubyn Lloyd    9 September 1867  born Stoke Devonm  Hilda Blanche Laffoley
                                                         He was a veterinary assistant She was the daughter of Charles                                                                 Laffoley an auctioneer, they lived at St Savior Jersey

1.3.6  Henry Durnford  Lloyd       24 Oct 1869    Jersey  St Helior  married Ada Emily Wadge from                                                                               St Helior Jersey  d 1 June 1940  They had children
1.3.7  Violet  Ethelwyn Lloyd       1873 Jersey St Helior   d  1927

In 1883 Edward was mentioned in the newspapers as a member of the Isle of Wight Yacht Squadron, any wonder they enjoyed living in Jersey!

 Jersey is situated in the Bay of Mont St Michael, named from the Medieval Fort in France of the same name.  Our ancestors fought battles at Mont St Michael, 700 years ago! it is the most amazing place to visit.

Victoria College used as Barracks by the Germans
Another of the family in the Military

Henry and Ada had four children:

Richard Durnford Lloyd       d  1973
John Durnford Lloyd       b   1914
Edward Henry Durnford Lloyd
Barbara Elizabeth Durford Lloyd

Richard Durnford Lloyd - Lance Corporal appointed 1941

In 1964 Member of Courts in Jersey

Samares St Clement Jersey
Richard Durnford Lloyd, educated at Victoria College, called to the English and Jersey Bars in 1937, served in the Colonial Legal Service in Nigeria and Malta      He died in 1973 at Samares
 St Clement.

Reference: FCO 141/11517

Malta: Richard Durnford Lloyd, appointment as Legal and Administrative Assistant
Date:  1960 Jan 01 - 1960 Dec 31
Held by:  The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department  G 20/60
Legal status:  Public Record
Access conditions:  Open on Transfer

There may have been a family connection to the Lloyd's Banking family.

Annabella left her estate, when she died to Lloyd's Bank.

In Louisa's will she was the last of the family still alive by 1949 when she died, she left her estate to Henry's brother in law Robert.


It should be remembered that our relatives in the Channel Islands, Jersey and Guernsey, were under German Rule during World War II.

In May and June 1940 the German Army swept across France en-route for Paris. Once they broke through they were unstoppable.

With France under German control it could only be a matter of time before the Channel Islands, which had shown allegiance to the British crown since Norman times, fell to the Germans. Hitler viewed Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm as the jewels of his European empire.  With their British red pillar and 'phone boxes, their oh-so English policemen and quaint way of life, they would be a prize indeed.  Besides the huge propaganda value of pictures of the "English" and the Germans working together, he was convinced that Churchill would decide to fight to get the islands back, and would fail.

So it was that in June 1940 the Germans launched a marine attack on the Channel Islands, which were virtually undefended.

Seeing what was coming, the islanders had made plans.  Many children had been sent to comparative safety on the British mainland along with around 24,000 adults. But many others decided to stay in their homeland and face the consequences.

The sight of a British policeman and a German soldier walking side by side became a regular feature, and one that has inspired a lot of speculation since the war about what it would have been like if the Germans had invaded mainland Britain.                      

In the early days of the occupation, the German troops were under strict orders to behave with decorum. As a result initially they treated the islanders with respect and tried to demonstrate that the islanders and their new masters could get along.

One of the first places where this policy showed was in the Woolworth
store in King Street, St. Helier, Jersey.

In Guernsey, according to our records, it was much the same story. The occupying forces began by being scrupulously courteous. Some soldiers told local people that they had no wish to be away from home, and no interest in war. They told staff at Woolworth that they just wanted a quiet life. They queued patiently and, as a result, for the most part were afforded a measure of courtesy by local people.

The three-floor store was heaving with customers in the early months of the war and as fast as items were brought down from the stockroom they sold.

The islands suffered terribly during the occupation, particularly towards the end of the war.  The Germans were civil for the cameras and propaganda, but they were an unwelcome force of occupation.

 They did not enslave the islanders in the same way as the forced labourers they brought to build Jersey's Underground Hospital, the only concentration camp on British soil (in Alderney), or the elaborate fortifications made of thousand of tonnes of cement.  But local people were forced to work for the Germans, their freedom was removed, and people (particularly Jews) disappeared - transported to a terrible fate in Germany or Austria.

As the tide turned in the war and the Allies swept across France, captors and captives alike in the Channel Islands had very little food and came close to starvation.  Local people showed immense courage and restraint in very difficult circumstances.


St Helior in 1865
No 12 Midvale Rd

In 1871 and 1881, the family were living 15 Midvale Road St Helior Jersey  

Perhaps there was a severe shortage of eligible young men living in Jersey because not one of the girls married.  They were all living together and apart from Louisa were not employed, but were living off their own means.

The one person that has been very difficult to place has been Charles Edward Lloyd.

The Durnford family notes advise he was a Captain in India Staff Corp and died in 1897.

However, there are no searchable records to confirm this.

There were 4 Lloyd's in India Corp, none were named Charles.  Perhaps one day more information will become available.

There was however Charles Edward Lloyd born 1871, to John Lloyd from Guernsey whose records are available.
From the Forces War Records.

11 June 1896 3rd Royal Guernsey to be CAPTAIN
3 RD Sept 1893 a Lieut

The British Indian Army, officially named just the Indian Army, was the principal army of India before independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. It was responsible for the defence of both British India and the Princely states, which could also have their own armies.[1] The Indian Army was an important part of the British Empire's forces, both in India and abroad, particularly during the First World War and the Second World War.

The term "Indian Army" appears to have been first used informally, as a collective description of the Presidency armies (the Bengal Army, the Madras Army and the Bombay Army) of the Presidencies of British India, particularly after the Indian Rebellion. The first army officially called the "Indian Army" was raised by the government of India in 1895, existing alongside the three long-established presidency armies. However, in 1903 the Indian Army absorbed these three armies. The Indian Army should not be confused with the "Army of India" (1903–1947) which was the Indian Army itself plus the "British Army in India" (British units sent to India).

Just as a co-incidence there is another Charles Edward Lloyd who was the son of Mr and Mrs John Lloyd, of Guernsey.  He died in World War 1.

First Name:  C E
Surname:  Lloyd
Nationality:  British
Further Information:  p.,
Rank:  Major
Service:  British Army
Regiment:  Royal Guernsey Militia Regiment
Battalion:  2nd Battalion
Seniority Date:  20/07/1898

Surname:  Lloyd
Nationality:  British
Further Information:  p.,
Rank:  Major
Service:  British Army
Regiment:  Channel Islands Militia
Battalion:  Royal Guernsey
Tertiary_Unit:  2nd Battalion
Seniority Date:  20/07/1898
Collection:  UK Army List 1907

LLOYD  Charles Edward 
Major & Hon. Lieutenant Colonel, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. Died 8 October 1915. Aged 44. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lloyd, of 34, Hauteville, Guernsey. Native of Croydon, Surrey. Buried in ALDERSHOT MILITARY CEMETERY, Hampshire. Plot/Row/Section Ah. Grave 341.


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