Valour in the Trenches

'Bombo' Pollard VC MC* DCM HAC in The Great War

N S Nash

Date Published :
February 2012
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 b/w plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848844476
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Alfred Pollard joined the Honorable Artillery Company at Armory House in the City of London in 1914 aged 21. The HAC is a unique Territorial unit composed entirely of middle class volunteers, who recruit all their officers from the ranks.

Pollard was a natural soldier who believed himself (correctly as it turned out) to be invulnerable. He reveled in combat and unlike the vast majority of his peers claimed to enjoy going into action. This extraordinary mindset is borne out by his well documented acts of selfless courage. He rose quickly through the ranks, earned a battlefield commission and was awarded in quick succession the Distinguished Conduct Medal, two Military Crosses and finally the Victoria Cross.

Despite his experiences and the horrific sights he witnesses, in his own memoirs, entitled Fire-eater, published in 1932, he made it clear he felt ‘neither fear nor pity’.

Pollard’s character was a curious mix of self assurance, even arrogance, and innate immaturity.

In post-war years Pollard wrote some 60 books which sold half a million copies.

This is a fascinating study of a courageous patriot who saw action throughout the Great War.

About The Author

NA ‘Tank’ Nash CBE was educated at Latymer Upper School before entering the catering industry with J Lyons and Co Ltd. He enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company in 1957 and served until conscripted for National Service in 1960; he was a member of the Army Catering Corps for thirty years, rising to the rank of Brigadier. He resigned his commission in 1991. For thirty-three years, from 1973, he wrote humour under the pen name ‘Sustainer’ and his work was published internationally in a variety of military journals. His books for Pen and Sword include K Boat Catastrophe, ‘Strafer’ Gott – Desert General, Chitral Charlie – The Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townshend and Valour in the Trenches.

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