Pollock, Charles (No. 4/7581)

Pollock, Charles


No. 4/7581, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Wednesday 17 May 1916 (aged 18)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Arras Memorial, France (Bay 9)

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

Brother of Private James Pollock (No. 42467)


Charles Pollock was born on 24 April 1898 in the townland of Cronstown, Newtownards and he was a son of James and Ellen Pollock (nee Beatty, sometimes Beattie) who were married on 5 December 1882 in Newtownards Registry Office.  James Pollock from Ballyfotherley was a son of James Pollock, a labourer.  Ellen Beatty from Cottown was a daughter of Charles Beatty, a labourer.

James Pollock worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Ellen had at least thirteen children:

Anna (born 22 December 1882 in Cottown)

Elizabeth Long (Eliza, born 8 April 1884 in Herdstown)

Christina (born 5 March 1886 in Ballycroghan)

Robert (born 13 February 1888 in Ballygrainey)

James (born 1 July 1889 in Ballygrainey)

Richard (born 22 February 1891 in Balloo)

William (born 22 March 1892 in Balloo)

Thomas (born 10 December 1893 in Cronstown)

Hugh (born 2 July 1895 in Cronstown)

Elizabeth Eleanor (Lizzie, born 4 January 1897 in Cronstown)

Charles (born 24 April 1898 in Cronstown)

Maggie Hamilton (born 8 June 1899 in Cronstown)

John Gordon (born 19 June 1901 in Drumhirk)

The seven eldest children were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee and the six youngest in Greenwell Presbyterian Church Newtownards.

The Pollock family lived in the townlands of Cottown, Ballycroghan, Ballygrainey, Balloo, Cronstown, and Drumhirk.

Charles Pollock enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and in 1916 he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion.  Rifleman Charles Pollock was 18 when he was killed in action on 17 May 1916 during a sustained enemy attack with shells and trench mortars.  He had made his will on 27 March 1916 and in it he left everything to his mother and he appointed his brother Hugh as his executor.

Charles Pollock’s brother and sister-in-law Robert and Martha Pollock (nee Miskimmins) who lived in the townland of Cottown placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the 25 May 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

Duty called, and he was there,

To do his bit and take his share;

His heart was good, his spirit brave,

His resting place a soldier’s grave.

Robert Pollock and Martha Miskimmins were married on 19 June 1917 in Newtownards Registry Office.

Rifleman Charles Pollock is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France and on Donaghadee and District War Memorial.

In 1901 his brother, Robert Pollock, was working as a servant for Charles McKimm at Drumhirk.  By 1911 Robert was serving with 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles in Burma. He went to the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) on 26 August 1914 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. He was wounded as per the casualty lists dated 31 October 1914 and 4 October 1915. He deserted on 27 December 1915.

Robert Pollock died in 1954.