Blue Plaque Unveiled for Sub Lt Brian Lloyd
On 9 November, 2023 a blue plaque was unveiled in Bridgend, Wales in honour of Sub Lt Brian Lloyd RN of HMS Urge, by his nephew Chris Lloyd. Brian Lloyd, born and raised in Bridgend, was killed while on a special mission from the submarine to collect an agent from an enemy coast in October, 1941. HMS Urge was affiliated with Bridgend, and Madam Mayor Freya Bletsoe led a welcome to Urge families which included relatives of Lt Cdr Edward Tomkinson DSO RN and Leading Signalman Eric Law (MiD), both of whom were on the submarine’s bridge on the night of the action when Brian was killed by enemy fire. Relatives of CERA Ronald Rutter represented the 11 RN passengers/base staff who lost their lives on 27 April, 1942 when HMS Urge struck a mine and was lost with no survivors when leaving Malta. Chris Lloyd and Francis Dickinson (grandson of Lt Cdr Tomkinson) gave a number of talks to several schools in the Bridgend area on submarine remembrance and heritage, and further projects are planned. Madam Mayor Bletsoe and her husband past Mayor Cllr Steve Bletsoe attended the HMS Urge commemoration events in Malta in 2022, and the Brian Lloyd blue plaque uses the same HMS Urge silhouette as the Malta memorial to the submarine.