Francis Henry Lloyd also became a
director of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company in
1895 and was appointed Chairman in 1913. A post he
held until 25th of March, 1915 when he resigned.
In 1867 he married Alice Howard,
daughter of J. E. Howard E.R.S. of Tottenham, London. They
had 5 daughters and three sons. His youngest son, Major John
Lloyd of the North Staffordshire Regiment, was killed in
action in June 1915. The family lived at Wood Green,
Wednesbury until 1890 when they moved to the lovely Stowe
Hill Mansion at Lichfield, which was built in 1745 and is
now Grade II* listed. Alice died on 29th June, 1908.
Francis Henry Lloyd had an untimely
death on 5th January 1916, which greatly shocked and
saddened many people in Wednesbury and the surrounding
towns. On that fateful day, he worked as usual at James
Bridge Steel Works, then headed for James Bridge Railway
Station to catch his train home. He always took a short cut
across the London & North Western Railway lines, whilst on
his way to the station. He was spotted leaving the factory
and walking to the railway line by the L.N.W.R. signalman,
William Reynolds. As he approached the railway, he noticed a
locomotive moving towards him at walking pace, and
hesitated. The driver blew his whistle and Mr. Lloyd got
clear of the line. Within three or four yards of the
oncoming engine, he hesitated, then decided to cross the
track in front of the engine. The driver, Henry Carnell,
immediately applied the brake, but by that time Mr. Lloyd
had been knocked to the ground as the locomotive passed over
him. The estimated speed was four miles per hour.
Francis Henry Lloyd was badly injured,
and taken to the Queen Victoria Nursing Institute at
Wolverhampton. It was found that he had a fractured skull,
and so an operation was immediately performed. Although this
gave him some relief, and he regained consciousness, he died
during the evening. For some days his death became the main
topic of conversation in the local towns, where he was sadly
At the inquest the verdict was
accidental death. His funeral was attended by a large number
of mourners, including over two hundred members of his
staff. He was buried beside his wife in the north east
corner of St. Chad’s Churchyard, Lichfield.
History of Wednesbury by J. F. Ede,
1962, Wednesbury Corporation.
Ryders Annual 1909, Ryder & Son, Spring
Wednesbury Faces, Places & Industries,
1897, Ryder & Son, Spring Head, Wednesbury.
The Lloyds of Birmingham, with some
account of the founding of Lloyds Bank by Samuel Lloyd,
1907, Simpkin, Marshall & Company Limited, London.