Biography of Lance Corporal Frederick Daff Pollard (40432)
9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wale’s Own)
Formerly 4395, 4th Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 24th September 1917


  • Name: Frederick Daff Pollard
  • Date of birth: 1891
  • Place of Birth: Rippingale, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1891
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: George Daff
  • DOB: 2nd November 1867
  • Place of Birth: Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farm labourer


  • Name: Sarah Jane Pollard
  • DOB: 17 August 1871
  • Place Of Birth: Rippingale, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 24th December 1896 Rippingale, Lincolnshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Frederick Daff Pollard, 1891, Rippingale
  • Annie Lizzie Daff, 1897, Rippingale (Died 1897) Twin
  • Arthur Daff, 1897, Rippingale, (Died 1897) Twin
  • Dorothy Daff, 1907, Rippingale

  • 1891: Fred is living with his grandparents in Rippingale, Lincolnshire
  • 1901: Fred is living with his grandparents in Rippingale, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: Fred is living with his grandparents in Rippingale, Lincolnshire
Relatives in services


  • No marriage for Fred has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 15th July 1916
    RIPPINGALERIPPINGALE LADS WOUNDED – During the big advance, two Rippingale lads, Private Fred Daff Pollard and George Kime, of the Lincolns,were wounded – the former in the arm and hand and teh latter by shrapnel in the shoulder. These lads enlisted together, were trained together, went on service together, fought side by side, and were wounded at the same time. They were both treated at the Canadian Hospital in France, and from there sent home to England. Pte Pollard to Exeter and Pte G Kime to Leeds. In a letter from the latter to his mother, he states that the German machine-gunners in front of them were found chained to their guns. We are glad to know the lads are progressing favourably and will soon be welcomed home. They will probably be the first two in Rippingale to gain the gold stripe for men wounded in battle.


  • Grantham Journal 17th March 1917
    A meeting of the clergy of the Aveland Deanery was held at the Rectory on Friday week, when it was decided not to hold the Rural-deanery Conference this spring.
    WAR NOTES- Baker Broughton R.N. eldest son of Mr and Mrs R Broughton has been home on leave for three weeks. He had been on active service without a break from the commencement of the war. Major Green son of the Late Mr F Green, Moosejaw, Canada, and an old inhabitant of Rippingale, has been visiting his relatives (Mr and Mrs Broughton), prior to active service. He belongs to the Moosejaw Battalion of Canadians. Fred Pollard is wounded for the second time, and is progressing favourably. He was one of the first in Rippingale to receive a gold stripe.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 14th July 1917
    WAR NOTES- Fred Pollard, who has been wounded for a second time, is now on leave looking fit and well. Bert Wells arrived unexpectedly on Tuesday morning for 10 days leave. He had been in France for eighteen months.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 20th October 1917
    WAR NOTES – Last week, the parents of Lance Corporal Fred Pollard (West Yorks. Regiment) received official information that he had been killed in action on Sept. 24th.. He had previously been twice wounded and was 27 yaers of age. The greatest Sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Daff and other relatives. A memorial service will be held in the Church on Sunday afternoon.


  • War Office Weekly Casualty List October 30th 1917
    Pollard 40432 L.-Cpl. F. D. (Bourne)


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 3rd November 1917
    WESLYN CHAPEL – Foreign missionary services were held on Sunday week. In the evening, special reference was made to fallen hero, Corpl. Fred Pollard. On Wednesday, at the missionary meeting, excellent addresses were given by the Rev. Bateman and Mr Ringrose, of Bourne. Collections amounted £3 6s 9d


  • Lincolnshire Echo Friday 12th September 1919
    At Rippingale it is proposed to make a house to house collection for the War Memorial Cross, to be erected at the estimated cost of £250, to the honoured memory of those who served in the great war, especially the fallen, those whp made the supteme sacrifice from here being: Arthur Hill, George Hill, Frank Kime, George Daff Pollard, John William Sandall, Walter Sandall, Charles Sharpe, Walter Scarborough, and Arthur Thompson.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Lance Corporal Fred Daff Pollard, 40432, 9th West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wale’s Own) was killed in action on 24th September 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Father George


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal
  • The 15 Star


  • UK:
  • Rippingale, outside memorial at St Andrew’s Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In Memory of Lance Corporal Fred Daff Pollard, 40432, 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wale’s Own) who died on 24 September 1917.
  • Remembered with Honour Tyne Cot Memorial
  • Panel Ref: 42 to 47 and 162

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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