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Lieutenant Roger Thompson Pollard (1910)


Lieutenant Roger Thompson Pollard (1910)


5th (Service) Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment).

Roger Pollard, born on 25th May 1891 in Kensington, London, was the younger son of the bibliographer and scholar of English literature Alfred William Pollard and Alice, née England, who was President of the WI for several years, of 40 Murray Rd, Wimbledon, London. Both their sons were killed in the war.

He was educated at Rokeby School, Wimbledon, and St Paul’s School, and was at Merton from 1910 until 1914. He played cricket and rugby for both his school and the College; at Merton he was President of the JCR.

He enlisted in August 1914, and served in France. He was Mentioned in Dispatches in 1915.

He was killed in action while leading a raid on German trenches near Hulluch, on 13th October 1915, aged 24. He is also commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France, and on the war memorial at St Alban's Church, Hindhead, Surrey.


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Photo: Roger Pollard in 1907; courtesy St Paul’s School

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