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3160 Private James Hamilton Kerr Pollock

15th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

killed in action 15th July 1917

aged 21

Coxyde Military Cemetery
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of James Pollock and Elizabeth Kerr
Maxwell Terrace, Bridge of Weir

His Life

James Hamilton Kerr Pollock was born on 22nd February 1896 at Gryffe Place, Bridge of Weir, the second of a family of three born to James Pollock, a gardener from Paisley and Elizabeth Kerr, from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, who had married in Kilwinning on 27th December 1894.

In 1901 James (32), Elizabeth (32), and three of their children Robert, James (5) and Bessie were still living in Gryffe Place, Bridge of Weir.

In 1911, the Pollock family was living in two rooms in Cooperative Terrace, off Main Street, Bridge of Weir, later to be named Maxwell Terrace. Robert was an assistant dispensing chemist and James (15) was a railway clerk. Elizabeth's father Robert Kerr, a widower and retired forester was living with them, as was a lodger, Paul Elder (19) from Glasgow, an apprentice baker.


He was enlisted into the 15th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, raised originally from volunteers from Glasgow Corporation Tramways Department. It came under orders of the 14th Brigade, 32nd Division.

Private Pollock's Medal Index Card does not record when he first joined the theatre of war but he was not awarded the 1914 -15 Star. He was killed in action on 15th July 1917. Earlier that year the 32nd Division had pursued the Germans on their retreat to the highly fortified Hindenburg Line. They then took over part of the front line at Nieuport in Belgium near the English Channel. On the night of the 14/15th July 1917, the 15th H.L.I. were ordered to recapture a section of trench at NOSE TRENCH that had been lost a few nights earlier. James was one of 200 casualties that night, the victim of heavy machine gun and artillery fire rained down on the attackers. He is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, near Neiuwpoort (the new spelling convention).


1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age
Robert6Robert16Bridge of Weir
James5James15 Bridge of Weir
Bessie18 mo Bridge of Weir


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