Ernest and Norman were the sons of William and Mary Lloyd and were born on the property Newstead South, Elsmore where their father worked. Ernest was a twenty year old Stockman and Norman an eighteen year old Station Hand when they enlisted at Inverell in December 1915 and agreed to serve from 12 January 1916. They became members of the First Contingent of The Kurrajongs who left Inverell that day for the Narrabri and Armidale training camps.
Assigned to the 33rd Battalion, they trained at Armidale and Rutherford prior to departing Australia in May 1916. Upon arrival in England further training was undertaken at Salisbury Plain before the Battalion was sent to France in November as part of the 3rd Division. During September 1918, Ernest was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal ‘For conspicuous and consistent service of the highest quality’. His citation in the Commonwealth Gazette No 113 stated in part … ‘He has displayed great energy and ability, and has invariably shown the greatest care in his animals, harness and equipment.’
Incredibly both these men fought continuously through the War without injury or illness. They returned home together in May 1919 and during the 1930s worked at Paradise East Station, Elsmore. Ernest died in 1974 at Yass, NSW. Norman served again during WWII and died in 1978.
Privates Ernest and Norman Lloyd are remembered at Inverell where their names are inscribed on the Honor Roll
Photo: courtesy IDFHG Inc Norman (standing) and Ernest (sitting)