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Herbert George POLLARD

Regimental number324
Place of birthNorthcote, Victoria
SchoolKew State School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressWalpole Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinGeorge Pollard, Walpole Street, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row A, Grave No 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
116
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Euphemia POLLARD; husband of Hilda Georgina POLLARD, 305 Raglan Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars afforded except the soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE 19.7.16.' on the authority of Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, from War Office.

A handwritten note on the bottom of the B.103 notes, 'buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix, Sheet 36'.

Note on Red Cross File No 2170804: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Letter, Base Records to Pte Pollard's widow, 4 November 1921: ' ... I have to inform you that the only information available is to the effect that he was believed to be buried in the vicinity of Fleurbaix. I am unable to state at present in which cemetery a memorial will be erected to is memory should his grave not be discovered, but failing the recovery and identification of the actual remains it is the intention of the authorities to perpetuate the memory of these fallen by collective memorials to be erected in the nearest military cemeteries to which the soldier fell. No personal effects other than the identity disc have been received in this instance and in the view of the length of time which has now elapsed it is not likely anything further will come to hand'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, POLLARD Herbert George
Red Cross file 2170804

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