Pte Pollard arrived in the Middle East at the start of 1918, in time to take part in the pursuit of the Ottoman Empire army along the River Jordan. After chasing the retreating Ottomans along the River Jordan, the 11th Light Horse took part in the raid on Es Salt. Following the raid, the 11th Light Horse were issued cavalry sabres and began training for a mounted raid, later known as the Battle of Samakh. Here, Pte Pollard was commanded by legendary Light Horse commander Harry Chauvel, and fought Ottoman troops commanded by Mustafa Kamaal Attaturk, of Gallipoli fame. Following the signing of an armistice in late October, Pte Pollard remained in Egypt until June 1919, when the 11th were repatriated to Australia.