Born: 1868, Market Weston, Suffolk.
Died: 7th June 1900; age: 32; Died of Disease at Naauwpoort, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Residence: Thelnetham, Suffolk.
Occupation: Farm Labourer.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3406.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony & Orange Free State.
1871 High Street, Thelnetham, Suffolk.
Thomas was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Frederick Pollard, 40, a Farmer’s Son, born Thelnetham.
Mary Ann Pollard, 33, born Barningham, Suffolk.
Jane Pollard, 7, born Barningham.
Edward Pollard, 3, born Thelnetham.
Sarah Pollard, 1, born Thelnetham.
1881 28, Abbeygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Thomas was 14 years old and living with his paternal uncle & aunt + cousins.
Alfred Pollard, 55, a Boot Maker – employing 6 hands, born Walsham le Willows, Suffolk.
Jane Pollard (nee Sparrow), 53, born Shropham, Norfolk.
Thomas Benjamin Pollard, 25, a Boot Maker, born Thetford, Norfolk.
Jane Pollard, 24, an Assistant Boot Maker, born Thetford.
Edward Alfred Pollard, 20, an Assistant Boot Maker, born Thetford.
Kate Pollard, 16, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Edith Pollard, 12, born Bury St. Edmunds.
1891 Wattisfield Road, Thelnetham, Suffolk.
Thomas was 24 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his mother & step father, siblings & step brother.
Walter Cook, 39, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thelnetham.
Mary Ann Cook, 53.
Alfred Pollard, 19, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thelnetham.
Frederick Pollard, 15, an Agricultural Labourer, born Thelnetham.
Walter Cook, 9, born Thelnetham.
One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.