Polley, Edward Victor (No. B420081)

Polley, Edward Victor (Victor)


No. B420081, Royal Canadian Engineers

Killed in an accident on Wednesday 3 March 1943 (aged 22)


Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Section J Grave 38)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)

Bangor Grammar School

Methodist College Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Family grave headstone in Belfast City Cemetery


In some records his surname is spelt Polly.

Edward Victor Polley was born on 26 March 1920 at 142 Seacliffe Road, Bangor and he was the only son of Robert Victor and Edith Polley (nee Leathem) who had previously lived in Belfast.  They were married on 8 June 1918 in All Saints Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  In civilian life Robert Victor Polley was a bank official and he worked for a time in the town of Tipperary.  During the First World War Robert Victor Polley served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Irish Fusiliers (in some records Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) and he died on 17 February 1921 (aged 31).  He was suffering from lung disease caused by gas poisoning.  At that time, the Polley family was living in University Street, Belfast and they worshipped in St. Jude’s Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Later Victor Polley and his mother moved to 136 Donaghadee Road, Bangor and they worshipped in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).

Victor Polley attended Bangor Grammar School from September 1930 until June 1931 and then Methodist College, Belfast.  At Bangor Grammar School Victor Polley was remembered by the Headmaster as ‘a fair haired and attractive boy in the Higher Preparatory’.  In 1938 he enrolled in the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen’s University Belfast to study engineering and he obtained a B.Sc. degree.

When the Second World War began, Victor Polley wanted to enlist but his mother tried every possible means of dissuading him.  She took him to Canada but whilst there he joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and served as a motorcycle dispatch rider.  After being posted to England he died on 3 March 1943 in an accident during military exercises.  Eight days later he was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension) in the same grave as his father, Robert Victor Polley, and his grandfather, William Thomas Polley, who died on 7 June 1931 (aged 82).

Lieutenant Edward Victor Polley was 22 when he was killed, and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s); in Bangor Grammar School; in Methodist College Belfast; in Queen’s University Belfast and on the family grave headstone in Belfast City Cemetery.