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William Marcus Noel Pollard

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Street: Killashee Rectory
Townland: Templeton Glebe
Town/Village: Killashee
Civil Parish: Killashee
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Denston College, Staffordshire; Kilglass Rectory, Kilglass, Legan.
Census 1901: Resident at Templeton, Killashee, known as Noel
Census 1911: Resident at Templeton, Killashee, known as Noel (transcription error gives the surname as Polland)
Regiment/Unit: North Staffordshire Regiment, 2/5th Battalion (Territorial)
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 11-04-1917
Cause: Killed in action, Hervilly France
Memorial: Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Jeancourt, Aisne, France

William (aka Noel) was born in Kilglass on the 1 January 1890, the younger son of Rev. William Pollard and his wife Annie. Noel attended Denstone College and by the time of the 1911 Census, he was an undergraduate at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he had a reputation as an able sportsman. 

2nd Lt Pollard died as a result of wounds received in a joint action with the 2/6th North Staffs. Regiment on the old German line near Fervaque Farm, as a result of heavy shelling by the Germans. 

Noel's mother, Annie, volunteered with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) - Sphagnum Moss Association during WW1.

Parents Names: Son of the Reverend William Pollard and Annie (née Benner) of Killashee.

link to CWGC entrylink to Civil Record of Birth; South Dublin Libraries, Our Heroes entry (includes portrait); link to Calendar of Wills; link to entry on Old Denstonians Facebook pageDenstone College, War Memorial

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