Thame Remembers Lance Corporal Albert Henry Pollicott
Albert Henry Pollicott was born on 17th April 1915 to William Harry and Florence Mary Pollicott (nee Holtham) of Moor End Lane, Thame. He was baptised at St Mary’s church on 25th July 1915 when his father William is described as a butcher. Albert married Ellen G Bell in Aylesbury in 1939, and was employed by Messrs R G Howland & Sons, builders. His daughter Elizabeth M was born in 1943.
Albert joined the 1st Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry when it was brought up to strength following the losses at Dunkirk. They served initially in Northern Ireland. In 1942 they were brought back to England and in 1943 started to train for the forthcoming invasion of Europe.
The 1st Battalion landed in Normandy on 24th June 1944, and the following day took part in “Operation Epsom” which was intended to take the town of Caen. It proved to be a formidable town to capture and was initially unsuccessful.
The 1st Oxford & Bucks moved to positions around the Odon bridgehead where it suffered from heavy German artillery fire and then were held in reserve for few days.
On 14th July 1944 they were ordered to attack and take the village of Cahier. Albert was killed in the fighting for Cahier on 16th July 1944.
5389298 Lance Corporal Albert Henry Pollicott, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, is buried in Brouay War Cemetery, Calvados, France. He is remembered in Thame on the war memorial and on St Mary’s war memorial board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Brouay War Cemetery, Calvados, France on 06th April 2015 by Verity Platek