Valour in the Trenches


'Bombo' Pollard VC MC* DCM HAC in The Great War

By: N.S Nash
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848844476
Published: 17th October 2011
RRP / Print Price: £25.00

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Valour in the Trenches

Alfred Pollard joined the Honourable Artillery Company at Armoury House in the City of London in 1914 aged 21. The HAC is a unique Territorial unit composed entirely of middle class volunteers, who recruit all their officers from the ranks.

Pollard was a natural soldier who believed himself (correctly as it turned out) to be invulnerable. He revelled in combat and unlike the vast majority of his peers claimed to enjoy going into action. This extraordinary mindset is borne out by his well documented acts of selfless courage. He rose quickly through the ranks, earned a battlefield commission and was awarded in quick succession the Distinguished Conduct Medal, two Military Crosses and finally the Victoria Cross.

Despite his experiences and the horrific sights he witnesses, in his own memoirs, entitled Fire-eater, published in 1932, he made it clear he felt 'neither fear nor pity'.

Pollard's character was a curious mix of self assurance, even arrogance, and innate immaturity.

In post-war years Pollard wrote some 60 books which sold half a million copies.

This is a fascinating study of a courageous patriot who saw action throughout the Great War.



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