1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

George Pollard

Contributed by: Valerie Clure, on 2008-11-07

George Thomas Pollard
First Name George
Surname Pollard
Year of Birth 1893
Year of Death 1961
Regiment Royal Army Medical Corps
Place of Wartime Residence Leicester, Leicestershire

George's Story

George never took a life he fought tirelessly throughout the war to save as many men as possible .

George was despatched to the Front from a Territorial Army training camp in Yarmouth. He was involved in all the major theatres of WW1 and was discharged in 1920. He worked tirelessly to save lives often at the risk of his own. George operated on the wounded when no-one else was available sometimes with tarpaulins held over the operation to stop clods of earth displaced by the guns falling into the operation site.He rose to the rank of sergeant and had to refuse a field promotion to be an officer as he could not afford to buy a uniform nor pay the mess bills. He taught himself to speak french whilst at the Front and was able to hold a conversation in this language when he was in his sixties despite not speaking it in the interim. His greatest tragedy was that he never had the money or the chance to follow his greatest desire - to be a doctor. He was a member of the Britsh Legion until he died. He left a widow Alice and six children

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