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Charles D Alton Clifford Lloyd, the author of this brief record of personal experience, was born at Portsmouth on the 13th January 1844, of a well-known Irish family. His father was Colonel Robert Clifford LLoyd of the 68 th Durham Light Infantry, and his grandfather was Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, an office subsequently held also by his uncle, Humphrey LLoyd. His mother was a daughter of Captain George Savage of the 13th Light Dragoons, of Ballylowan, Co. Down.
Educated at Sandhurst, he was originally destined for the army, but accepted the offer of an appointment in the Burma Police, his