Dad’s father Henry was the great-grandson of Lenah Valley pioneer Richard Hickman who arrived in Van Diemens Land in 1842 with his wife Phyllis and 8 children. His eldest son Henry, known as Leonard, named the first of his sons William Henry. William’s son – Dad’s father – was Henry Lloyd – and Dad was of course Maxwell Lloyd.
At the time of his marriage to May Jackson on April 25th, 1907 (not a significant date at that time) Henry was described as an orchardist. When he volunteered for service in ‘the European War’ in March 1915, he was described as a labourer aged 33. This photo of Dad and his two sisters was taken at that time – Dad was just 4, his older sister May was 6 and Ivy – often referred to in his letters as ‘Youngster’ – was 2.
Henry was given the regimental number 1106 and attached to D Company 26th Battalion as a driver ‘to join MEF Gallipoli Peninsula’. His time in the army was brief : his record shows he embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli on September 4 1915, but was transferred from a Casualty Clearing Station to Mudros (Greece) on October 3 suffering ‘cystitis and neuralgia’. From there he was admitted to hospitals on Malta and in Egypt, where he apparently continued to suffer these complaints as well as contracting rheumatism. He was returned to Australia, departing Suez on May 23, 2016, and was discharged on medical grounds on August 10th. Dad told us he (Henry) had helped to build the Zinc Works.
The photo below was taken by Max in about 1925. The location is 51 Giblin St, which was their home at the time. By the time he enlisted in 1940 they were living in Pottery Road. (That house was destroyed in the 1967 bushfires, by which time they had moved to Courtney St.) Older sister May is in the striped coat with Ivy being held by her father. The family dogs were referred to in Dad’s letters as ‘the troops’ or ‘the boys’.
The photo below was probably taken around the time Dad enlisted (1940).