No. 2718328, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
Killed on active service on Tuesday 8 February 1944 (aged 26)
No known grave
Cassino Memorial, Italy (Panel 4)
There was a report in the 25 November 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator that Guardsman Robert Pollock from Ballyrickard, Comber had been severely wounded and had had to have a leg amputated. He had been serving in Italy with the Irish Guards.
The report stated that his brother, Guardsman William Pollock, who also served with the Irish Guards, had been posted as missing since February 1944.
There is evidence to suggest that Robert Pollock’s brother William’s service number was 2718328.
William Pollock’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1918 in Newtownards; he joined the joined the Army in the 1930s and he served with the Irish Guards prior to the outbreak of the Second World War.
Guardsman William Pollock (No. 2718328) died during the Allied advance northwards through Italy and he is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial.