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My Stepfather's 25 War Medals

by ATC Crawley 19 Squadron

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ATC Crawley 19 Squadron
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Frank Pollard
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Polgate, East Sussex
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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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Posted on: 11 March 2005 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Your story undoubtedly refers to 2nd Lieutenant Alfred Oliver Pollard, VC, MC and Bar, DCM, (born 4 May 1893 - died 4 December 1960); a highly decorated officer who won the VC in WW1, at the Battle of Arras on 29 April 1917.

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