- Contributed by
- ATC Crawley 19 Squadron
- People in story:
- Frank Pollard
- Location of story:
- Polgate, East Sussex
- Background to story:
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- Contributed on:
- 09 March 2005
This is Frank Pollard's story - it has been added by a Volunteer from Crawley 19th Sqdn ATC, with permission from the author, who understands the terms and conditions of adding his story to the website.
My dad was a sergeant in the Second World War. He died after soldiers in Japan captured him. My mother was in the WRAF and was stationed in Birmingham. After 3 years of not knowing what had happened to him, my father’s CO sent my mother a letter informing her of my father’s death.
My mother did not grieve for long, just 2 months in fact. She met an engineering officer just before the war ended and when he came back from wherever he had been stationed and they married the following December. They had a daughter and 7 years after she was born, my stepfather died.
A post mortem showed that he had piece of shrapnel wedged between his tibia and fibula and had eventually worked its way in far enough to pierce a vein. All his medals stored at his barracks were sent home. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and in total he had 25 medals in his cabinet!
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