POLLITT, Charles Jordan Bellingham (Lt Col)
Charles Pollitt, then a Captain, embarked with No 10 Independent Company on their deployment to Freetown in April 1940. At the end of the year after No 10 Independent Company was disbanded he volunteered for and was posted to the Holding and Training Wing at what was then STC Achnacarry. (1)From there he joined No 1 Commando taking part in Operation Torch, North Africa, and in December 1942 Operation Bizerte where they landed on a beach some 60 miles East of Tabarka. (2) He was awarded the MC "for gallant and distinguishes services in North Africa." (3) He later embarked with No 1 Commando for operations in the Far East. On the 12th September 1944, the then Major Pollitt MC left No 1 Commando to take command of No 5 Commando from Lieutenant Colonel Shaw. Major Pollitt was subsequently temporarily promoted Lieutenant Colonel. On the 31st January 1945 he was wounded in the knee during the last engagement at the Battle for Hill 170, and relinquished command of No 5 to the 2i/c Major Robin Stuart. (4) On the 10th January 1946 it was announced that he had received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the Field." (5) In June 1946 it was announced that Lieutenant Colonel (temporary) Pollitt had been appointed OBE. (6) On the 7th March 1947 he relinquished his commission on the grounds of disability and was granted the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. (7)
Sources1. No 10 Independent Company War Diary. 2. Reports on Operation Bizerte. 3. London Gazettes Supp. 36018, page 2208. 4. Third Jungle Book Issue 9. 5. London Gazettes Supp. 37425, page 380. 6. London Gazettes Supp. 37595, page 2730. 7. London Gazettes Supp. 37899, page 1115.
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