Leave a tribute or memory of
Ernest Alfred Bollard
From the official history ...
Public - Steven - Researcher - 21 November 2018
"On the 18th, 1/Auckland went into the Prowse Point sector, holding the front line from Douve to La Truie Farm. Vigorous patrolling was at once commenced and enemy posts discovered at an average distance of four hundred yards.
It was decided to raid the whole area, destroy their posts and kill or capture the garrisons. Zero hour was 1 a.m. the morning of the 23rd, and the whole of the 16th Company, with two platoons of the 3rd, were detailed for the task.
On the right no opposition was met with, but elsewhere the Huns fought well. In the centre they were holding wired shell-holes, and on the left, in the angle by the creek, a cleverly-concealed pill-box caused a lot of trouble.
Nine prisoners were taken, and very many of the Huns were killed, while Auckland lost 4 killed, 20 missing, and 1 officer and 52 O.R.'s wounded."
My grandfather George McLaren (12/2419) was a Sargent in the 1st Auckland Battalion and knew Ernest Bollard well. He was known as Tom ... and mentioned several times in George's WW1 diary. George details a raid on the German trenches on 23rd of June 1917 and Tom's tragic death ...
Public - Steven - Researcher - 20 November 2018
"Saturday 23rd of June - Our mob 16th Waikato & 2&4 platoons of the 3rd raided Fritz last night, very successful and about 12 prisoners, old Tom Bollard got pretty badly wounded"
"Tuesday 26th of June - Heard yesterday that poor old Tom Bollard died of his wounds".
Today we remember Tom Bollard ... may he rest in peace.