September 30th, 2020

Alwyne Loyd

Last time I visited St Laurence, Hawkhurst they had most of the building roped off as a CV19 prevention measure. I tried again yesterday and the ropes had been taken away- and I was able to wander round and take pictures...

Alwyne Loyd was a Great War pilot with six victories to his name- which is enough for him to rank as an "ace". He was killed- aged 23- flying over German lines somewhere to the east of Ypres- one of the 44 victims of war-crazy loon Rudolph Berthold. His memorial consists of a brass plaque and the whittled down propeller that once stood in place of a cross over his temporary grave at Poperinghe.