Lieutenant John Pollock


John Pollock was born on 9 November 1896 at Mountainstown, Navan, County Meath, son of gentleman grazier John Naper George Pollock and Anna Josephine Pollock (nee Barrington).

When the war began Pollock was attending Charterhouse School, Godalming. He joined the school's Officer Training Corps and on 11 June 1915 applied for a commission in the North Irish Horse.

On 28 July 1915 he was made a 2nd lieutenant and posted to the North Irish Horse reserve regiment at Antrim. He was promoted to lieutenant on 16 January 1916 and ten days later embarked for France, where he joined A Squadron in the field at Limeux.

In May 1916 A Squadron joined with D and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII Corps.

On 11 May 1917 Pollock fractured his pelvis while playing football. He was evacuated to England and sent to the 3rd London Hospital for treatment. Pollock recovered well and after a few months was permitted to return to Ireland. He reported for duty at Antrim on 16 August. However it was not until 12 January 1918 that a medical board at Belfast cleared Pollock as fit for general service. It is likely that he remained on duty at Antrim throughout 1918.

On 28 May 1919 Lieutenant Pollock was demobilised. He relinquished his commission on 1 April 1920.

He died at Mountainstown on 30 December 1966.