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REAR-ADMIRAL EDWIN J. POLLARD, ROYAL NAVY, COVERS from TASMANIA

The first cover was addressed to Rear Admiral Pollard and part of the address "United Service Club," Pall Mall was crossed out and readdressed to 34 Eaton Terrace, London, S.W., England. The purple ‘STAMP DUTY TASMANIA, SIX PENCE, Duck Billed Platypus stamp was cancelled with a duplex HOBART/ 2L/ SE 26/ 90, with the TASMANIA obliterator, and there was a LONDON. S.W./ 6/ NO 3/ 90 reception postmark. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).

The second cover was addressed to Rear Admiral Pollard, "United Service Club," Pall Mall, London, England. The purple ‘STAMP DUTY TASMANIA, SIX PENCE, Duck Billed Platypus stamp was cancelled with a duplex HOBART/ 2L/ NO 7/ 90, with the TASMANIA obliterator, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 2).

The third cover was addressed to Rear Admiral Pollard, United Service Club, Pall Mall S.W., London, England and there was a manuscript ‘Please forward/ if away’ as well as another less legible ‘April 14/ 91, (—) state of anxiety to see his friend Sir McIntyre if he calls (-----)’ The pale blue Tasmania ‘NINE PENCE’ overprinted with ‘d/ 2½’ QV side face stamp was cancelled with a duplex HOBART/ 2L/ AP 14/ 9(1), with the TASMANIA obliterator, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 3).

Edwin John Pollard R.N. was the son of Edwin Pollard of Theresa Place, Gloucester, England and he was born on 1 January 1833; he married Renira, daughter of Sir St. Vincent Keene Hawkins-Whitshed in 1862. He entered the navy on 12 October 1846, and he served in the Black Sea from 1854 to 1855, when he became Lieutenant on the 3 February of that year. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in February 1856 of the Charon and in 1857 he was Lieutenant-Commander of the of the Woodcock in China. He was present at the capture of Canton in 1857 and he served in the later operations in the north of China. This included the attacks on the Peiho forts in 1859 when he was Lieutenant-Commander of the Staunch in the East Indies and China. He was in the Gulf of Pechili and was involved in the capture of Tientsin, China.

On 5 October 1861 he was promoted to Commander and from 5 November 1863 to 7 July 1865 he was Commander of the Royalist at Plymouth, England followed by serving in North America and the West Indies, and he was engaged in the suppression of slaving off the south coast of Cuba, until he was invalided back to England. There was a great variance in the information for a second reference gave no mention of his invalidism; it states that he was promoted to Captain in 1868, and from 1878 to 1881 he was in command of the Rupert in the Mediterranean and then of the Defence in the coast guard service between 1882 and 1884.

On the 1 July 1885 he retired from the Royal Navy in England with the rank of Rear-Admiral. He had a long retirement for he died on 15 September 1909 at Haynford Hall, Norfolk, England. I have not found any association of Rear-Admiral Edwin John Pollard and Hobart, Tasmania, other than his reception of the three letters in 1890 and 1891. It is most likely that the 3 covers were addressed by the same person.

I would appreciate additional information on Rear-Admiral Edwin John Pollard.

 
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