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Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Garfield Villa, Hawkhill, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: November 6, 1971 (83)
Place of Burial: Malta
Immediate Family:

Son of William Smillie Pollock and Jessie Smith Pollock
Husband of Ida Julia Pollock
Ex-husband of Marion Pollock and Enid Blyton
Father of William Cecil Alexander Pollock; Edward Alistair Pollock; Gillian Mary Bavistock; Imogen Mary Darrell Waters and <private> Pollock
Brother of William Alfred (Fred) Pollock

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About Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO

Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Alexander Pollock DSO (29 July 1888 – 6 November 1971) was a British publishing editor, who served as a soldier in the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the First World War and in the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps in the Second World War.

Pollock was a native of Ayr. Hugh Alexander Pollock, was born c.1895, probably at the the family home at 42 Bellevue Crescent. He was educated at Ayr Academy, and joined his father's business. On 9th October 1913, at the Hotel Dalblair, he married Marion, the youngest daughter of William Atkinson, farmer, Trees Farm, Maybole: there was at least one son of this marriage.

During the First World War, he joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers and saw service with them at Gallipoli, and in France, Palestine and France, and was awarded the D.S.O. Unhappily for him, however, during this period, his wife left him for another man. When the war ended, he transferred to the Indian Army, and served with the Burma Rifles in India, Burma and Mesopotamia (Iraq).

When Blyton first met Pollock he was an editor with her publishers, Newnes, in London. A career amid books was, perhaps, to be expected of a man who was the elder son of one of Ayr's leading booksellers. The business of Stephen & Pollock, booksellers, at 37 Sandgate, at the corner with Newmarket Street, was one of Ayr's best known shops for the greater part of a century.

William Smillie Pollock and his wife Jessie Smith McBride had two sons. After his death in 1942, the younger, William Alfred ('Fred'), who had previously become a partner, succeeded him in the business, which became a limited liabilty company c.1947. Fred Pollock died in 1954. About 1972, the business was taken over by Holmes McDougall Ltd., but the shop closed a year or so later, ending a long connection between this corner and bookselling.

  • First Name: Hugh Alexander
  • Initials: H
  • Surname: Pollock
  • Nationality: British
  • Rank: Major
  • Rank (2nd): Acting Lieutenant Colonel
  • Gallantry Awards: Distinguished Service Order
  • Gazette Info: 6819
  • Gazette Date: 03/06/1919
  • Duty Location: France & Flanders
  • Service: British Army
  • Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers (5)
  • Service: BA
  • Collection: Gazetted Awards and Mentions in Despatches at (subscription needed)


  • First Name: Hugh Alexander
  • Surname: Pollock
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Service Number: 141192
  • Gallantry Awards: Legion of Merit – Officer
  • Award Details: Award received from United States of America during Second World War.
  • Gazette Date: 16/01/1947
  • Gazette Page: 323
  • Service: British Army
  • Regiment: Pioneer Corps
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July 29, 1888
Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 25
Age 26
July 15, 1931
Age 42
Buckinghamshire, England
October 27, 1935
Age 47