This little stone is propped up against another stone on which only the name Lloyd and 1909 is visible.

A check on the cemetery records soon showed more details. Minnie Jones died at 6 Havelock Square and William Lloyd died aged 2 in 1909, he was at Alexandra Vaults, York Street.

Catherine and William were the children of James Beckett Lloyd and Annie Jones who married on 21 July 1902 at St Giles.

Annie Jones was the daughter of William Jones and is the sister of Minnie.

James Beckett was the son of William Lloyd a coalminer and Elizabeth who were both from Brymbo.  The family lived in Talwrn before moving to Rhosddu when James Beckett also started working in the pits.

James Beckett and Annie stayed in Wrexham and had two more children, Elsie Winifred born 11 January 1903 and James Beckett jnr  born 31 March 1909 but  they moved down to Mansfield, Nottingham by 1911 where they are at 47 Coke St.

In January 1915 he joined the Army as a volunteer for the duration of the war, he had previously been a volunteer in the 4th batt RWF.

After training in Glasgow, he served throughout in 45 Battery of 42 Brigade Royal Field Artillery.  Apart from two weeks leave in March 1918, he was in France till 25 December 1918 and was demobbed in January 1919. 

His army records show that they had two more daughters, Minnie born 24 May 1911 and Nellie born 23 August 1913, both were born in Wrexham. Another son David Ernest was born in Mansfield on 2 January 1916; this was after John Beckett went to France. David Ernest died late 1920 aged 4.

Annie applied for an increase in separation allowance after the birth of David Ernest in January 1916.  She had to produce the birth certificate.

Later in Feb 1918 (he was still overseas) the police were asked to find out about her home situation and whether there was any hardship.

He didn’t receive a pension because he wasn`t discharged disabled, but did have 20% disablement, but the cause was not the result of service. His condition was gastritis.

He was awarded the British War Medal, Star, and the Victory Medal.

They had another 2 children Wilfred born 7 June 1919 and Annie born 23 August 1921.

By 1939 they are still in Mansfield, James Beckett in an unemployed coal hewer,

Annie is a general grocer. 

Nellie is listed as a cripple, Wilfred is a coal sorter and Annie is a tin box machinist. The other children have left home.

The couple remained in Mansfield and James Beckett Lloyd died in 1956 aged 78Annie Lloyd died in 1964 aged 84.

Wrexham Cemetery 19/04/2018
Wrexham Cemetery 19/04/2018
Wrexham Cemetery 19/04/2018
Havelock Square, Salop Road, Wrexham. (Wrexham History).

Researched by Annette Edwards. July 2018. Headstone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery A-00197