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Royal Engineers 2/1st (Lowland) Field Company
Service No: 3080

James Pollock grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Margaret Pollock of 66a Jackson St, Coatbridge. Husband of Robina Pollock (03/12/1891- ). James' brother Sapper Robert Pollock of the Royal Engineers was Killed in Action on the 09/05/1915 just 4 months before his brother. The 1901 Census - Address - Gartcraig Farm Ploughmans Cottage, Shettleston - John Pollock aged 45, Maggie Pollock aged 39, William Pollock aged 16, Maggie Pollock aged 14, James Pollock aged 12, Martha Pollock aged 10, Robert Pollock aged 7, Jeannie Pollock aged 4, Isabella Pollock aged 1. James' Pension was awarded to his wife Robina c/o McKelvie, 18 Greenfield St, Govan, Glasgow.

Born / Resided

Abbey, Renfrewshire / 66a Jackson St, Coatbridge


Died of Wounds on the 13/09/1915 on the S.S. Dunluce Castle Hospital ship in Gallipoli


Coatbridge 1914


Union Tube Works



Buried / Remembered

Helles Memorial (Panel 24 to 26 or 325 to 328), Turkey

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts. However, the difficult terrain and stiff Turkish resistance soon led to the stalemate of trench warfare. The Helles Memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and place of commemoration for many of those Commonwealth servicemen who died there and have no known grave. The United Kingdom and Indian forces named on the memorial died in operations throughout the peninsula, the Australians at Helles. There are also panels for those who were lost at sea, in one of the troopships sunk off Gallipoli. Over 20,000 names are commemorated on this memorial.

Additional Information

The 2/1st (Lowland) Field Company were part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division. William arrived in Gallipoli on the 24/06/1915. On 5 April 1915 the Division was warned that it would go on overseas service; on the 7th May this was confirmed, with the destination being Gallipoli. The units embarked at Liverpool and Devonport between the 18th May and 8th June. Disaster struck on the 22nd May when a train carrying the Battalion HQ and two Companies of the 1/7th Royal Scots crashed in an accident at Quntinshill near Gretna. 3 officers and 207 men died, 5 officers and 219 were injured. Fewer than 70 men survived this crash unscathed. Two of the Field Artillery Brigades and the heavy battery remained on the Forth defences. The first units landed on Gallipoli (Cape Helles) on the 6th June. The Division was then involved in the following moves and engagements before James Died of Wounds : The Battle of Gully Ravine on the (28th-29th June) and the Battle of Achi Baba Nullah (12-13 July). The S.S. Dunluce Castle was used to help transport troops and supplies from Australia and also served as a Hospital ship at Gallipoli. See Directory for James' brother Robert's page. James' name on the Helles Memorial kindly donated by Mick McCann at the britishwargraves.co.uk. James is also remembered on the Coats Parish Church Roll of Honour with his brother Robert (see photos). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Helles Memorial Panel List, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his name on the Helles Memorial, S.S. Dunluce Castle, James' Pension Records x 3 and the Royal Engineers Cap Badge.

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