Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Lieutenant Frederick Robert Pollock, 1st Battalion, The Coldstream Guards, was killed in action near Ypres. The son of a King’s Counsel, he was educated at Eton and attended Sandhurst, joined the Coldstream Guards in 1904, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1907. From 1909 until February of 1914 he was seconded for service with the West African Volunteer Force.
At the beginning of the Great War he saw action in the Battle of Mons in August of 1914, the first major action of the British Expeditionary Force, and also in the allied victory at the Battle of the Marne a month later, after which his battalion advanced northwards and were involved in a bayonet charge in the First Battle of Aisne. His battalion was sent to Belgium shortly thereafter and fought in the First Battle of Ypres, during which action Lieutenant Pollock was killed.
He is buried in the St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Frederick, of Avening in Gloucestershire, was killed the day before his 29th birthday.