East and West Africa Medal 1887-1900, 3 Clasps: 1887-8, 1892, 1893-94, awarded to Sergeant Stephen Lloyd, 1st Battalion, West India Regiment, a Jamaican from Gordon’s Town, who having enlisted in 1874, was promoted to Sergeant in August 1879, and went on to serve on two tours of West Africa. In the first, he was present during the operations against the Yonnie tribe whose villages were located deep in Sierra Leone during the period from 13th November 1887 to 2nd January 1888, a relatively short expedition, progress was slow and extremely arduou

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East and West Africa Medal 1887-1900, 3 Clasps: 1887-8, 1892, 1893-94, awarded to Sergeant Stephen Lloyd, 1st Battalion, West India Regiment, a Jamaican from Gordon’s Town, who having enlisted in 1874, was promoted to Sergeant in August 1879, and went on to serve on two tours of West Africa. In the first, he was present during the operations against the Yonnie tribe whose villages were located deep in Sierra Leone during the period from 13th November 1887 to 2nd January 1888, a relatively short expedition, progress was slow and extremely arduous due to the dense forests through which the force had to cut a passage. The situation was not helped by the constant threat of ambush. Having returned home, he was back in West Africa from December 1891, and was then engaged during the operations in Sierra Leone against the Tambi Tribe during the period from 8th March to 11th April 1892, he being confirmed as present at the capture of Tambi on 7th April 1892. During this same tour, he was then present during both the expeditions which made up the 1893 to 1894 operations, the first the operations against the Sofas in Sierra Leone during the period from 26th November 1893 to 20th January 1894, which was despatched to quell the Sofas who had been raiding from French territory, the second, the operations along the Gambia River in the period from 22nd February to 11th March 1894, in the expedition against Chief Fodder Silah, who was engaged in slave raiding, and was terrorising the district west of Cape St Mary, and was generally threatening the stability of the colony of Gambia. Lloyd being confirmed as present at the capture of Gunjeir on 9th March 1894.

East and West Africa Medal 1887-1900, 3 Clasps: 1887-8, 1892, 1893-94, engraved naming; (1817. SERGT. S. LLOYD. 1/W.I.RGT.)

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Stephen Lloyd was born in the parish of St Andrews, Gordon’s Town, Jamaica, West Indies, and having worked as a groom, then enlisted into the British Army on 26th May 1874 as a Private (No.1817) with the 1st Battalion, West India Regiment, and was then promoted to Lance Corporal on 2nd May 1876, and to Corporal on 15th May 1877, to Lance Sergeant on 15th November 1877, and to Sergeant on 5th August 1879.

Present in West Africa from 5th December 1885 to 9th February 1889, during this period he was present during the operations against the Yonnie tribe in Sierra Leone during the period from 13th November 1887 to 2nd January 1888. A punitive expedition under Colonel W. de Winton was despatched against the Yonnie tribe whose villages were located deep in Sierra Leone.

Although a relatively short expedition, progress was slow and extremely arduous due to the dense forests through which the force had to cut a passage. The situation was not helped by the constant threat of ambush; the Yonnie method of attack was to erect barricades along the route to halt the force and then, from a concealed position, fire their ancient muzzle loading rifles with great effect. The towns of Robari and Rorreto were taken and destroyed and the chiefs surrendered in December, following which the troops returned to the coast and the naval parties to their ships. Some 298 men of the 1st West India Regiment subsequently claimed the medal with clasp for 1887-8.

Lloyd who extended his service to completed 21 years with the Colours, was present back in West Africa from 13th December 1891 to 4th January 1895, and in this period was present during the operations in Sierra Leone against the Tambi Tribe during the period from 8th March to 11th April 1892, he being confirmed as having been present at the capture of Tambi on 7th April 1892. Some 531 men of the 1st West India Regiment subsequently claimed the clasp 1892 for these operations against the Tambi.

Lloyd was then finally present with the 1st West India Regiment during the operations against the Sofas in Sierra Leone during the period from 26th November 1893 to 20th January 1894, when an expedition under Colonel Ellis, West India Regiment, was despatched to quell the Sofas who had been raiding from French territory. Lloyd is then confirmed as having been a part of the second aspect of the operations when engaged along the Gambia River in the period from 22nd February to 11th March 1894, in the expedition against Chief Fodder Silah who was engaged in slave raiding, was terrorising the district west of Cape St Mary, and was generally threatening the stability of the colony of Gambia. Lloyd is confirmed as having been present at the capture of Gunjeir on 9th March 1894.

Posted back to the West Indies on 5th January 1895, he was discharged after service 21 years on 24th December 1896. Medal and clasp entitlement confirmed.