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Vivian Graham Loyd

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Vivian Graham Loyd (1894-1972) of Vivian Loyd and Co

1894 May 13th. Born the son of William Graham Loyd, a Banker, and his wife Emily Diana Maria Beaumont

Educated at Wellington College

WWI served in Mesopotamia, rising to the rank of captain

1924 Married (1)

c.1924 He began developing tracked vehicles with John V. Carden

1924-8 Their joint company, Carden-Loyd Tractors, set up in Chertsey, developed a number of light tracked carriers for the Army. Loyd was described as an "extrovert engineer-salesman".

1928 The company was taken over by Vickers-Armstrongs

c.1935 Soon after the death of Carden, Loyd left Vickers-Armstrongs and set up his own company Vivian Loyd which produced the Loyd carrier which saw extensive service in WWII.

1937 Married (2) in Surrey to Phyllis Mary Tringham

Seriously ill in his later years

1972 March 19th. Died.

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Sources of Information

  • The Times, Mar 30, 1972