Chris Pollock was born into a naval family on 1 December 1942 at Pinner, Middlesex.

He was educated in the nautical tradition at Kelly College in Devon.

On leaving school he commenced training as an accountant, but in January 1962 he joined the Royal Sussex Regiment, then after two years at the Royal Military Academy he was on 31 July 1964 commissioned into the Royal Engineers. His service with the Royal Engineers took him to Aden, Zambia, Canada, BAOR, and of course the United Kingdom.

On 8 August 1970, he married Margaret Marie in Reading.

As a sapper, he completed the Long Armour Course, he then served with an Armoured Engineer Regiment, followed by a Staff appointment in BAOR. He transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps on 30 October 1976.

After completing his Paymasters course Chris was posted to The Queen’s Own Hussars in January 1977.

During his time as Paymaster, he was also the Football Officer, during which time the Regiment twice won the Cavalry Cup.

A tour on the staff of MOD followed at PS10 where as a member of the LOA review team he travelled the world.

In 1981 he was off to Berlin for a two-year tour as S02(Fin), this was followed by promotion to Lt Colonel in 1983 and a posting to Cyprus as Commander Finance.

From Aphrodites Isle he was posted to PB21 at Stanmore in 1985. This was followed in October 1987 by a posting to HQ BAOR where he assumed the appointment of SO1 G4 Quartering. In April 1988 he moved to MOD F9 as Col Tech on promotion to Colonel.

It was during this appointment that he was, on 2 December 1988, so tragically killed whilst returning from the Senior Officers’ Study period at Worthy Down.

Chris will best be remembered as a man who cared, those of us who had the privilege of serving with him, will be aware of this attribute and many of us will have benefitted from his kindness.

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