Biography

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: Lieutenant
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 15 April 1917
  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 15 July 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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