Second Lieutenant Charles Pope

Birth Date 05 March 1883
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Mile End
Death Date 15 April 1917
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Louverval
Final Rank Second Lieutenant
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 4 October 1917 on page 2627 at position 92
London Gazette 8 June 1917 on page 5703 at position 2

Charles Pope (1883-1917) was born in London but migrated to Canada, where he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railways. He returned to London in 1906 and joined the Metropolitan Police Force, resigning in 1910 to come to Australia with his family. He enlisted in the AIF in August 1915, and in February 1916 he was commissioned as an officer.Pope was killed in action at Louverval in a desperate "last stand" charge, and was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. Occupying an important picquet post during a German attack on the village, he was ordered "to hold this post at all costs". The enemy attacked the post and surrounded it, while Pope sent back an urgent request for re-supply. Before anything could arrive, and with his men out of ammunition, Pope ordered them to charge the large German force. Later his body, together with those of his men, was found close to 80 dead Germans. He is buried in Moeuvres Communal Cemetery in France.

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Fate
    To Be Determined
    Date of Fate
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    Place of Embarkation
    Fremantle
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ajana A31
    Date of Embarkation
    15 July 1916
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    8 June 1917 on page 5703 at position 2
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2627 at position 92
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    28 April 1917
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    28 April 1917
    Unit
    11th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant

Timeline

Date of birth 1883-03-05 Mile End, London, England.
Other 1910 Migrated to Australia.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-08-25 11 Battalion.
Date commissioned 1916-02-10 Appointed 2nd Lieutenant.
Date of embarkation 1916-07-15
Date promoted 1916-12-26 Appointed Lieutenant.
Date of death 1917-04-15 Louverval, France.
Date of honour or award 1917-04-15 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Louverval, France whilst serving with 11 Battalion, 3 Brigade, 1 Division as a Lieutenant
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-04-28
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-04-28

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