The Papers of Lord Lloyd of Dolobran
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- 1879 - 1966
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In 1905 Lloyd took on his first diplomatic posting, as Honorary attaché, Constantinople [later Istanbul], then in 1908 was appointed Special Commissioner to inquire into and report upon the future of British trade in Turkey, Mesopotamia [Iraq] and the Persian Gulf. On his return home, he was elected as MP for West Staffordshire in January 1910 (a seat which he was to hold until 1918) and on 13 November 1911 he married Blanche Lascelles (late Maid of Honour to Queen Alexandra and daughter of F. C. Lascelles); they had one son.
On the outbreak of the First World War, Lloyd was mobilised into the Warwickshire Yeomanry in August 1914, but soon moved into intelligence. He served as an intelligence officer at the Dardanelles from April 1915, then in September 1915 was sent on a mission to Russia, and in the following year returned to the Middle East, serving in Hejaz [Al-Hijaz, Saudi Arabia], Palestine and the Arab Bureau. In January 1918 Lloyd became Secretary to the Inter-Allied Council, Versailles [France], then in August became Governor of Bombay.
When his term as Governor ended in 1923, Lloyd returned briefly to Britain, to be elected as MP for Eastbourne [Sussex] in 1924, but his next diplomatic posting sent him back to the Middle East in 1925, when he became High Commissioner for Egypt. He resigned this post in 1929 and returned to Britain once more, becoming President of the Navy League in 1930, Chairman of the British Council and also Air Commodore of the 600 (City or London) Fighter Squadron in 1937.
During the Second World War Lloyd returned to public duty, first as Secretary of State for the Colonies in May 1940, then briefly as Leader of the House of Lords in January 1941. He died in London on 5 February 1941.
Lloyd's publications include: The Great opportunity (1919); Egypt since Cromer (1933 and 1934); The British Case (1940).
His honours included: D.S.O. (1917); C.I.E. (1917); G.C.I.E. (1918); G.C.S.I. (1924). He was also made a Privy Councillor in 1924, and Baron Lloyd of Dolobran in 1925.
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