1. Memorial:Ypres Town Cemetery Flanders
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.132
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour6C GQS

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Family :

Born at Brighton on the 6th August, 1888, son of Mrs. Mary Richardson Pope, of 4, The Cliff, Black Rock, Brighton, and the late Mr. Reginald Barrett Pope (Solicitor).

Education & Career :

He was a scholar of Winchester and came to Winchester from Temple Grove School. He was appointed a School Prefect in 1906 and the year after won the Duncan Prize for Reading. He was a member of College XV and shot for Wimbledon VIII. He went up to Brasenose College and held successively a Hulme Exhibition and a Senior Hulme Scholarship. At Oxford he took honours in Moderations, with a second class; also a second class in Greats, in jurisprudence, and in the B.C.L. examination. He stroked for college the 2nd Torpid and the 2nd Eight in 1911, and the 1st Torpid in 1912, in which year he again rowed in the 2nd Eight. He also played Association Football for his college. After leaving College he was articled to his father's firm, and was in the second year of his articles.

At the University he stroked for his college the 2nd Torpid and the 2nd Eight in 1911, and the 1st Torpid in 1912, in which year he again rowed in the 2nd Eight. He also played Association Football for his college.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2/Worcestershire Regiment 

Action : The Battles of Ypres 1914 (First Ypres) 

19 October - 22 November 1914. Following the failure of the German Schlieffen Plan in August and September 1914, both sides engaged in a series of linked battles as they sought to outflank each other. The climax of these manouvres was at Ypres in November 1914 when the might of the German Army attempted to break the much outnumbered British Expeditionary Force. The political importance of Ypres, being the last town of any size in Belgium that remained in allied hands, established its importance for both sides and ensured a series of battles over four years.

The First Battle of Ypres in 1914 is characterised by a series of linked heroic stands by outnumbered British soldiers in conditions of confusion and weary endurance. The Germans never knew how close they had come to winning - at one point just the clerks and cooks were the last line of defence for the BEF. By the end of the battle the magnificent original BEF, composed of professional regular soldiers, had been all but destroyed and already the Territorial battalions were called into battle. From the end of 1914 a 'Regular' battalion was in terms of its compostion little different to a Teritorial or later Service Battalion. The professional soldiers had all but vanished.

He had some years previously obtained a commission in the 5th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and in 1913 was transferred to the Special Reserve Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He went to the front in August 1914 with the 2nd Worcesters and took part in the Retreat from Mons and the Battles of the Marne and Aisne.

Lieutenant Pope was gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the 5th Oxford and Bucks. Light Infantry in 1910, and became Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment (Special Reserve), in December, 1913. On the outbreak of the war he embarked for France with 2/Worcestershire Regiment on 13 August 1914, and served through Mons, the Marne and the Aisne.

Detail :

Lieutenant Cyril Montague Pope, 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Fell at Polygon Wood on October 24th 1914, leading a charge, later dying of the wounds sustained "in the woods to the east of Ypres while leading on his men most gallantly against a strong position of the enemy".

The 2/Worcesters cleared Polygon Wood on 24 October 1914 in a successful but very costly attack. The 200 men who fell that day ( including six officers of whom Cyril POPE was one), made it a costlier battle than the more famous Gheluvelt attack mounted by the same battalion 7 days later from a start point still in Polygon Wood.

See also: Official History Military Operations France and Belgium 1914 Vol II

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Royal Clarence No. 271 E.C.Sussex

17th October 1913
21st November 1913
19th December 1913

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