Henry Ernest Pollard
Henry Ernest Pollard was born on Brompton Road, London in 1890, son of Ernest Pollard senior, draper's assistant born in South Cerney, Gloucestershire and Alice Fanny nee Le Chartreux, born a British subject in Switzerland. In 1901 the family were living at 4 Neville Terrace, South Kensington, London. In 1911 Ernest senior was farming at Wheatley Bridge Farm (formerly Brooks Cottage) in the hamlet of Chilworth in the parish of St Mary's, Great Milton. Air Force records carry two ‘Pollard, H. E.' entries: No. 218792 Trade Classification Carpenter; rating or rank on appointment Carpenter; remustered A. Mech. 1; date of joining 31 July 1916; normal rate of pay 4 shillings; terms for the duration of the war. Also No. 128421, Trade Classification ‘Misc. (Aviator) Pilot (Lnr)'; rating or rank on appointment A. Mech. 3; new rank in Air force Private 2; joined 27 February 1918, pay 1/6d.; terms for the duration of the war. Which of the two is our man is uncertain.