Robert Pollok (British Army officer)

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Robert Pollok
Born 1884
Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland
Died 1979 (aged 94–95)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1903–1941
Rank Major-General
Unit 15th The King's Hussars
Irish Guards
Commands held 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
1st Guards Brigade
Senior Officers' School, Sheerness
Northern Ireland District
43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion 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]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Andrew McCulloch
Commandant of the Senior Officers' School, Sheerness
1933−1935
Succeeded by
Robert Pollok
Preceded by
James Cooke-Collis
GOC British Army in Northern Ireland
1938–1940
Succeeded by
Hubert Huddleston
Preceded by
Arthur Percival
GOC 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
1940–1941
Succeeded by
Charles Allfrey