Uncle Dave

In memory of David Hendry Pollock, “Uncle Dave” to the families of his sisters Lily Black, Margaret Mewett, Alice Boyd, Martha Brace, and his brother Robert Pollock. Dave joined the A.I.F. in July 1915 when he was 21 years old, after having served with the 15th Australian Light Horse (militia unit) Victorian Mounted Rifles at Mansfield for three years. His photograph shows the A.L.H. uniform of that time. In the A.I.F. he was enlisted as a rifleman in the 22rd Battalion, later transferred to 7th Battalion. In 1917 he was promoted to Lance-Corporal and later that year wounded, gassed (chlorine) on active service in France, then shipped to hospital at Norwich, England. After transfer to Australian Corps School in France in 1918, he embarked for Australia in 1919 and later was discharged in August. As a returned soldier he travelled down to Melbourne from Bonnie Doon and then Mansfield each year to march with his fellow Anzacs on 25 April. He died in 1979, aged 85, unmarried, and was buried with his sister Marion at Mansfield Cemetery. We remember him.

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David Hendry Pollock before joining 1st AIF. He fought in France

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