|Place of birth||Mile End, London, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||117 Glendower Street, Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs E M Pope, Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil (previously rejected on account of heart)|
|Place of enlistment||Perth, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||2nd Lieutenant|
|Unit name||11th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/28/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||11th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||34|
|Place of burial||Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot V, Row D, Grave No. 22), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of a very important picquet post in the sectorr held by his battalion, his orders being to hold this post at all costs. After the picquet post had been heavily attacked, the enemy, in greatly superior numbers, surrounded the post. Lieutenant Pope, finding that he was running short of ammunition, sent back for further supplies. But the situation culminated before it could arrive, and in the hope of saving the postion, this very gallant officer was seen to charge with his picquet into a superior force, by which it was overpowered. By his sacrifice Lieutenant Pope not only inflicted heavy loss on the enemy, but obeyed his order to hold the position to the last. His body, together with those of most of his men, was found in close proximity to eight enemy dead - a sure proof of the gallant resistance which had been made.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
War service: Western Front
Embarked Fremantle, 15 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 1 September 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 7 december 1916; joined 11th Bn in the field, 10 December 1916.
Promoted Lieutenant, 26 December 1916.
Killed in action, 15 April 1917.
Posthumously awarded Victoria Cross.
Note, Red Cross File No 2180201E, 'Dead - Personal effects forwarded. Cert. by German Nachlass List dated 20.8.17'.
Statement, 1867 Signaller G.B. ROBERTSON, 11th Bn, 5 November 1917: 'Killed in an attack by Fritz to our lines - he was called on to surrender but would not do so. He was killed by a charge of bayonets. I do not know where he was buried. He got a posthumous V.C.'
Second statement, 6027 Pte S. DEWAR, B Company, 11th Bn (patient, Bath War hospital, England), 20 November 1917: 'I saw Lt. Pope's body at a place in front of Monchy on April 16th or 17th lying out in a shell hole. His post had been attacked and he was killed. The whole of the post was wiped out. Lt. Pope was awarded the V.C.'
Third statement, 258 Pte J.J. RYAN, Signal Section, 11th Bn, 15 October 1917: Lt. Pope was in charge of an advance post with 8 men and having expended practically all their ammunition, one man of the party was sent back for further supplies. The post was surrounded by Germans and Lt. Pope gave the order to fix bayonets and charge. Every one of the party was killed and we were told that the bodies were found with 80 dead German[s] lying in front of them. I believe it was for this action that Lt. Pope was awarded the V.C. after death.'Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, POPE Charles
Red Cross File No 2180201E