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Pollard, Rear-Admiral Edwin John (1833-1909)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 PDW/4-10

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Pollard, Rear-Admiral Edwin John (1833-1909)

Date(s): 1858-1878

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 2 files

Name of creator(s): Pollard | Edwin John | 1833-1909 | Rear-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Pollard entered the Navy in 1846 and served in the Black Sea from 1854 to 1855, when he became a lieutenant. He was present at the capture of Canton in 1857 and in the later operations in the north of China, including the attack on the Peiho forts, 1859, when he commanded the STAUNCH; in the next year he was in the Gulf of Pechili and was at the capture of Tientsin. He was promoted to commander into the SIMOOM in 1861 and in 1863 was appointed to the ROYALIST on the North American Station where, during 1864, he was engaged in the suppression of slaving off the south coast of Cuba. He was promoted to captain in 1868. From 1878 to 1881 be was in the Mediterranean in command of the RUPERT and was then in the DEFENCE, coast guard service, between 1882 and 1884. He retired with the rank of rear-admiral in 1855.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Rear-Admiral Edwin John Pollard, including accounts, memoranda and sailing orders for 1858 to 1861, 1863 to 1865 and 1878; a notebook recording the ships in which Pollard served as a junior officer; a watch bill, 1860 to 1861; a book of technical details on the RUPERT and the DEFENCE and newspaper cuttings, 1858 to 1878.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers, part of the Pollard-Whitshed collection, were presented by Mr H.H.W. Pollard in 1946.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships | Vehicles | Transport

Personal names
Pollard | Edwin John | 1833-1909 | Rear-Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Defence
HMS Rupert
Royal Navy