17 September 2004
Royal Flying Corps and East Kent Regiment, a fine quality portrait miniature, 39mm by 49mm, half length portrait of officer in Khaki uniform, with East Kent Regiment collar badges and R.F.C. wings to left breast, contained in a gilt metal double sided oval frame with loop fitting to top, the reverse inset with a miniature of sitter as a young boy, some damage to frame, otherwise good condition £100-150
The portrait miniature is attributed to Captain Alwyne Travers ‘Button’ Lloyd who was born in 1894 at Hawkhurst, Kent and educated at Eton. He received his commission in the East Kent Regiment on 23 August 1914, before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in June 1916, whith whom he became an Ace, claiming six ‘victories’ (some shared). Captain Lloyd was killed in action on 28 September 1917 when he was either shot down by Flak or by Oberleutnant Rudolph Berthold of Jasta 18. He is buried at Poperinghe Military Cemetery. Captain Lloyd’s Great War campaign medals were sold as part of the Hal Giblin Collection at Christies on 10 November 1992, lot 172.