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  • Name: James Dalgleish POLLOCK
  • D.O.B: 3rd June, 1890
  • D.O.A: 27th September, 1915
  • D.O.D: 10th May, 1958
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 5th Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 26th Brigade, 9th Scottish Division

Hohenzollern Redoubt, near Haisnes, France 27, 29 September 1915

27, 29 September 1915

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The First World War 1915 

The Hohenzollern Redoubt was a German strongpoint, south-west of Haisnes. It was connected to the main German line by communication trenches, most notably ‘Little Willie’ running north and ‘Big Willie’ running south-east. It was attacked on 25 September 1915, the opening day of the Battle of Loos, and mostly captured. On 27 September 1915, Corporal J D Pollock, 5th Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, was among troops sent to reinforce British positions and by his bravery helped to check a German advance. On 29 September 1915 A and B Companies, 1st Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment, and 2nd Battalion The East Surrey Regiment were sent forward to strengthen the British position. The York and Lancasters were advancing along ‘Big Willie’ trench to the south-east to relieve the East Kent Regiment in Dump Trench when at 6am the Germans attacked. Private S Harvey volunteered to fetch more bombs to help repel them. Meanwhile the 2nd East Surreys attacked ‘Little Willie’ trench, which ran northwards. The Germans were moving down the trench and threatening the Redoubt. The East Surreys were pushed back but Temporary Second Lieutenant A J T Fleming-Sandes by his gallant action helped stabilize the situation. The Hohenzollern Redoubt was lost again on 3 October. Fighting continued there and on 13 October, as part of the final British offensive during the Battle of Loos, an attempt to recapture it failed.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery near the Hohenzollern redoubt on 27th September, 1915. At about 12 noon, when the enemy’s bombers in superior numbers were successfully working up the “Little Willie” trench towards Hohenzollern redoubt, Corporal Pollock, after obtaining permission, got out of the trench alone, walked along the top edge with the utmost coolness and disregard of danger and compelled the enemy’s bombers to retire by bombing them from above. He was under heavy machine-gun fire the whole time, but continued to hold up the progress of the Germans for an hour, when he was at length wounded. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 November 1915. 18 November 1915, Numb. 29371, p. 11449

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