The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Pte H F Pope


Private Herbert Frederick POPE, 5698, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

Born St Luke's, London, Middlesex, enlisted 7th November 1899, London, age 19, height 5ft 4¼ inches, weight 120lbs, resided 303 Guinness Buildings, Lever Street, EC. Formerly packing case maker.

Previously served 7th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifles, (Militia).

Son of Charles Pope, 45 Harper Street, Golden Lane, St Luke's, Middlesex, London, EC1. & Emily Pope, 51 Radnor Street, Bath.

Husband of Lilian Louisa Pope, (nee Duddy, spinster), married 25th December 1905, St Luke's, Old Street, Middlesex.

Children - Lilian Louisa Pope, born 3rd January 1907, Holborn; Henry Frederick Pope, born 27th September 1908, Shoreditch; David Charles Pope, born 16th February 1911, Holborn; James Walter Pope, born 3rd February 1914, Holborn.

Home, 7th November 1900 to 4th July 1901; South Africa, 5th July 1901 to 4th November 1902; Ceylon, 5th November 1902 to 13th April 1904; Home, 14th April 1904 to 10th September 1914; BEF, 11th September 1914 to 3rd December 1918; Home, 4th December 1918 to 6th March 1919.

7th November 1899, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd August 1900, absent; 21st August 1900, in confinement; 24th August 1900, sentenced by Commanding Officer to 14 days detention with hard labour; 7th September 1900, to duty; 23rd July 1902, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st June 1903, passed Class of Instruction, Mounted Infantry; 29th June 1903, appointed Lance Corporal; 15th October 1903, reverted to Private at own request; 21st May 1904, posted Provisional Battalion; 6th November 1904, transferred to Army Reserve; 22nd September 1904, awarded swimming certificate; 7th November 1911, re-engaged; 5th August 1914, mobilized; 6th August 1914,. posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th September 1914, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th October 1914, "missing"; 27th October 1914, Neuve Chapelle, captured, "not wounded"; October 1917, Prisoner of War list; 4th December 1918, repatriated at Hull; 4th December 1918, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment.

6th March 1919, discharged  as "no longer physically fit for War Service" due to sickness Silver War Badge issued.


London Gazette 30th January 1920.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the under mentioned rewards in recognition of gallant conduct and determination displayed in escaping or attempting to escape from captivity, which services have been brought to notice in accordance with the terms of Army Order 193 of 1919. To be dated 5th May 1919.


Royal West Kent Regiment - L/5698 Pte. Pope H F, 1st Battalion. (St Lukes).

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