Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Charles Pope VC, 11th Battalion, of Perth WA, formerly of ...

Unit 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number A02648
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Charles Pope VC, 11th Battalion, of Perth WA, formerly of London, England who was killed in action on 15 April 1917 at Louverval, France. Lt Pope was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of a very important picquet post in the sector held by his battalion, his orders being to hold this post at all costs'. Lt Pope's post had been heavily attacked and he was short of ammunition, while waiting for more ammunition the enemy attacked again and Lt Pope charged with his picquet and was killed.