James Patrick Ian LLOYD-BOSTOCK (R30-35)
On 31 August 2003 aged 86. His funeral was held at Shailey, East Sussex and among those present were JAMES SMITHSON (63-68) and RICHARD HUNT (S57-62). James was the brother of PETER LLOYD-BOSTOCK (R28-31).
While at Framlingham “Jim” played in the first teams for rugby, hockey and cricket and was a very good wicket-keeper in the team of 1934. His batting is reported to have been a source of hilarity and pleasure-he believed in “having a go” and his sporting reputation warranted mention in “The Second Sixty Years”. He continued to play rugby to a high standard after leaving school and played for London Scottish and Sussex.
Having decided on a military career he joined the Sussex Regiment when he left school in 1935. After settling in India, 1942 found him in the King George V Own 11th Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army, at that time serving in Burma, where he collected a Japanese bullet through his nose (luckily from side to side) and a Mention in Dispatches. While his battalion was pulling back towards the British lines Jim, as adjutant, and his Colonel were last out and when a tank drew up beside them they were most surprised to be offered a lift by the tank commander Lieutenant PAT HOWARD-DOBSON (R33-40), later General Sir PATRICK HOWARD-DOBSON.
Jim married Peggy in 1941 and together they had four children and later seven grandchildren. Sixty years later Jim and Peggy, together with his brother Peter and Elizabeth, celebrated a “Double Diamond Wedding Anniversary” ( as reported in the magazine in the autumn of 2002).
A distinguished military came to an end when Jim retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and decided to buy a farm. A very keen horseman, what else would he chose to establish but a livery stable, and this proved so successful that, with the help of Peter, a cross country course was constructed. Jim will be sorely missed by all who knew him, his family and in particular by his wife Peggy and brother Peter.