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Alexander Bannerman

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Major Sir Alexander Bannerman, 11th Baronet (16 December 1871 – 10 March 1934) was a pioneer British military aviator.

Bannerman was born in Brackley in Northamptonshire and educated at Wellington College. He succeeded to the title of 11th Baronet Bannerman, of Elsick in Kincardineshire on the death of his father the 10th Baronet on 2 December 1901.

Bannerman served as a Royal Engineers captain in the Second Boer War and was mentioned in Lord Roberts' despatches. After the war he returned to England only to depart again in 1903 on a special mission to Japan on behalf of the War Office.

In October 1910, Bannerman replaced John Edward Capper as the officer commanding the British Army's School of Ballooning.

Owned the balloon Nebula

In 1911, when the School of Ballooning was reorganized to become the Air Battalion, Bannerman served as its commandant. Just before the Air Battalion became the Royal Flying Corps, Bannerman took flying lessons in order to gain his Royal Aero Club certificate.

He retired from Royal Flying Corps service on 28 August 1912.

He died on 10 March 1934 at the age of 62 in George in the Cape Province, South Africa.

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