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Lieutenant CHARLES POPE

Regiment & Unit/Ship

Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

11th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 15 April 1917

Age 34 years old

Buried or commemorated at

MOEUVRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

V. D. 22.

France

  • Country of Service Australian
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:-"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. After the picquet post had been heavily attacked, the enemy, in greatly superior numbers, surrounded the post. Lt. 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 position, this very gallant officer was seen to charge with his picquet into a superior force, by which it was overpowered. By his sacrifice Lt. 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 eighty enemy dead, a sure proof of the gallant resistance which had been made."

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