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Samuel Pollock

Tyne Cot Memorial. Authors image

25465 Private

2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, 28th Infantry Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: Killed in action 14.10.18

Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 60 to 61

Family history: Son of Samuel and Margaret Pollock, Swords Wynd, Falkirk. He had a brother William who was a Grocer in Falkirk. Prior to enlisting Samuel was employed as miner.

He enlisted on 9 December 1915 and went to France on 14 April 1917. He was wounded in action on 31 July 1917, a shoulder wound and was admitted to 46 Casualty Clearing Station at Lijssenthoek. He then rejoined his battalion on 15 September 1917. He went home on leave 16 February 1918 returning to his battalion on 1 March 1918.

The action leading to his death

The Battalion was part of the advance of the 9th (Scottish) Division from Ledgehem to the Scheldt from 14 to 27 October 1918. The battalion was in the line near Ledeghem on 14 October. At 5.30am they attacked the German positions under the support of a heavy barrage however, dense fog delayed the advance for about one hour. They reached their objective of Rollegem-Kappelle by 2pm. Battalion casualties were: 4 officers wounded and 130 Other Ranks dead, wounded and missing.

Linesman. Modern map showing the area of the advance.

Medals Awarded:

The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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