Robert Pollok (British Army officer)

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Robert Pollok
Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland
Died1979 (aged 94–95)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1903–1941
Unit15th The King's Hussars
Irish Guards
Commands held1st Battalion, Irish Guards
1st Guards Brigade
Senior Officers' School, Sheerness
Northern Ireland District
43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Robert Valentine Pollok CB CBE DSO (1884–1979) was an Irish-born British Army officer who became General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District.

Military career[edit]

Pollok was commissioned into the 15th Hussars in 1903.[1] He was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of United Provinces in India in 1908 and Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Australia in 1913.[1]

He served in World War I with the Australian Forces in Gallipoli and then transferred to the Irish Guards in 1916.[1] He became Commanding Officer of 1st Bn Irish Guards in 1917.[1]

After the War he attended the Staff College, Camberley from 1920–1921, was appointed Brigade Major for the 1st Guards Brigade at Aldershot Command and then, in 1926, he was re-appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Bn Irish Guards.[1] He was made Commander of the 1st Guards Brigade at Aldershot Command in 1931 and Commandant of the Senior Officer School at Sheerness in 1935.[1]

He was appointed General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District in 1938[2] and GOC 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division in July 1940.[1] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in July 1940[3] and retired in 1941.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
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  3. ^ "No. 34893". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 July 1940. p. 4244.
Military offices
Preceded by
Andrew McCulloch
Commandant of the Senior Officers' School, Sheerness
Succeeded by
Robert Pollok
Preceded by
James Cooke-Collis
GOC British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Hubert Huddleston
Preceded by
Arthur Percival
GOC 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Charles Allfrey