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Lot 160
Campaign Groups, Nine to Major H.B.C.Pollard, Intelligence Corps, late 25th London Regiment, 1914-15 Star (Lieut H.B.C.Pollard 25-Lond.R.); British War and Victory Medal (Capt H.B.C.Pollard); 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Efficiency Medal with Territorial suspension, G.VI.R., erased; Russia, Order of St.Anne, 3rd Class neck badge, in silver-gilt and enamel; Spain, Order of the Yoke and Arrows, breast fitting.
Sold for £1,410 (US$ 2,202) inc. premium

Lot Details
Campaign Groups, Nine to Major H.B.C.Pollard, Intelligence Corps, late 25th London Regiment,

Footnotes

  • Major Hugh B.C.Pollard was born on 6.1.1888, he was educated at Westminster School from 1897-1903. He joined the 25th Cyclist battalion London Regiment on 9.5.1912; Lieutenant 6.11.1914; Captain 1.6.1916; Lieutenant 1.3.1940 General List; Temporary Captain 25.6.1942 Intelligence Corps.

    He was an authority on modern and ancient firearms and was involved as Special Correspondent to the Daily Express 1912-1920. Director Publicity Department, Ministry of Labour Appointments Department 1918-1919; Staff Intelligence Directorate War Office 1916-1918; Irish Office 1920-1922;

    He was a man of spirit of whom his friend Douglas Jerrold wrote that he had a habit of letting off revolvers in any office he happened to be visiting . He had had first hand experience of revolution in Mexico and in Ireland and in July 1936 was dramatically associated with the flight of General Franco from the Canary Isles. The story is graphically described by Jerrold in Georgian Adventure. Jerrold was asked by the Spanish writer and journalist Luis Bolin to find a mam and two girls to fly to Africa the next day. Pollard was approached, accepted and with his daughterDiana and another girl left Croydon in a chartered aircraft piloted by Captain C.Bebb. They called at Bordeaux, Oporto and Casablanca and finally reached Las Palmas as honest to goodness tourists, free from suspicion. Not many days later the same aircraft, still piloted by Captain Bebb but without the three English tourists, landed with General Franco at Tetuan in Spanish Morocco. The Spanish Civil War was about to begin.


    Medals contained in box, also with Identity bracelet etc.

    Major General Staff War Office 1940. He was formerly Sporting Editor of Country Life; Order of St.Anne 2nd Class; Chevalier Imperial Order of Red Arrows of Spain.

    He produced a number of books on firearms, wildfowl and related subjects.
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