Clifford Pollard (c.1897-1914)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

POLLARD, CLIFFORD. Boy 1st Class. No J/23543. Royal Navy. HMS Hawke. Son of Mr William Pollard, Park Head, Holmfirth. Educated St. John's School, Park Head, Holmfirth and Holmfirth Secondary School. On leaving school he was employed by Messrs H. and S. Butterworth, Lower Mills, Holmfirth, but only stayed there a short time as did not like the work. He was then apprenticed to Mr Cockroft, chemist, 51 Northgate, Huddersfield. In 1913 he enlisted in the Royal Navy two days after his sixteenth birthday. He spent twelve months at the Shotley Naval training barracks, where he gained first class marks. After completing his training he was drafted on to HMS Hawke which was used as a training ship. On the declaration of war the Hawke was manned for war. Killed in an action involving a submarine in the North Sea, 15.10.1914, aged 17. 526 men went down with the ship. Has no known grave. Commemorated PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Upperthong War Memorial; Holmfirth Secondary School.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Boy 1st Class CLIFFORD POLLARD
  • regiment: Royal Navy
  • died: Thursday, October 15, 1914
  • record ID: 2871867