Herbert George (Bert) POLLARD

POLLARD, Herbert George

Service Number: 324
Enlisted: 7 July 1915, A Company (original)
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Northcote, Darebin - Victoria, Australia, January 1891
Home Town: Kew, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Kew State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
Plot IV, Row A, Grave No 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kew War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 324, 29th Infantry Battalion, A Company (original)
10 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 324, 29th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 324, 29th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

Private Herbert George Rowe Pollard.

A 24 year old farmer prior to enlistment on 7 July 1915, he embarked for overseas with A Company from Melbourne on 10 November 1915 aboard HMAT Ascanius. He was killed in action at Fromelles, France on 19 July 1916. After the war his grave could not be located and he was commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles. In 2008 a burial ground was located at Pheasant Wood, France containing the bodies of 250 British and Australian soldiers including Pte Pollard. All of the remains were reburied in the newly created Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. At the time of the official dedication of the new cemetery on 19 July 2010, ninety-six of the Australians, including Pte Pollard, had been identified through a combination of anthropological, archaeological, historical and DNA information. Work is continuing on identifying the other remains relocated from the burial ground and buried in the new cemetery as unknown soldiers. Although the image shows Pte Pollard wearing Corporal stripes, his service records contain no details of a promotion to that rank

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