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Vol. 1 1955

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Lord Lieutenant of the County of Brecknock
President of the Brecknock Society
IT is appropriate that in this first volume of Brycheiniog there should be
placed on record an appreciation of the great part played by the late
Col. Sir John Lloyd, D.L., M.C., M.A., j.p., not only in research into the
history of the county but as the originator and founder of the Brecknock
Society and of the Brecknock Museum. The acquisition and building up
of the present valuable collection of exhibits in the Museum leaves a
permanent record of his work.
Sir John Lloyd lived his life in and for his county. Born in 1878,
educated at Eton and Christchurch, Oxford, he was made a Justice of
the Peace in 1900 and was High Sheriff in 1906. In the Parliamentary
Election of 1910 he stood unsuccessfully as Conservative candidate for
Brecon and Radnor. When the first World War broke out he was a Captain
in the 3rd Special Reserve Battalion of the South Wales Borderers but
went overseas on the Staff of the 1st Division and was awarded the
Military Cross. He was knighted in 1938.
He played an increasingly important part in local Government and in
all activities in the county during the last 50 years of his life. He was
Deputy Lieutenant of the County; Chairman of the County Council
1938-1940 and of a number of Committees Chairman of Quarter Sessions
for many years, and of the Mid-Wales Police Authority from its formation
till his health broke down in 1933.
A man of strong character and personality, outspoken, abrupt,
downright and, perhaps, quick to take offence, he was nevertheless
eminently fair minded and stood resolutely for what he conceived to be
right. In all things the well-being of his county and of his fellow men
came before self. There was no one better known and respected throughout
the county.
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