Edward Victor Polley

Lieutenant Edward Victor Polley was born into a military family in Belfast, Co. Antrim. He died on 3rd March 1943 as a result of a motorcycle accident.


Edward Victor Polley

Born in Belfast, Co. Antrim, Edward Victor Polley moved to Canada where he studied at University of Toronto, Ontario before joining the military and serving in World War Two with the Royal Canadian Engineers.

Lieutenant Edward Victor Polley served with Royal Canadian Engineers during World War Two. He was the only son of Robert Victor Polley and Edith Polley of Belfast, Co. Antrim. Robert served with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and died on active service on 17th February 1921.

Edward attended Queen’s University, Belfast, Co. Antrim before moving to Canada and attending the Univesity of Toronto. There, he enlisted in the Canadian Officer’s Training Corps, qualifying in 1941. He was a student of Civil Engineering at both colleges.

Before joining the Second World War in December 1942, he trained at Petawawa, Ontario, Canada and Brockville, Ontario, Canada. He died in an accident on 3rd March 1943 aged 22 years old. He was riding a motorcycle on military manoeuvres when a crash resulted in a compound fracture to the skull.

Edward Victor Polley’s grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section J, Grave 38 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. His name is on war memorials at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Toronto.