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Charles Frederick Pollock

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Charles Frederick Pollock (1866-1919), balloonist and solicitor

1866 Born in London the son of Arthur Julius Pollock, a Doctor, and his wife Ellen Bailey.

C.F. (Charles) Pollock made several flights by balloon across the English Channel, at least one flight across the Irish Sea, and on two occasions he took part in the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. His victories included the International Balloon Contest from Hurlingham and, for Mrs. John Dunville, the Hedges-Butler Challenge Trophy. He was awarded the Royal Aero Club's silver medal in 1911.

WWI. Served in the Army as a balloon instructor, attaining the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

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