Pope, Percy Paris
He was the second son of Alfred Pope of Wrackleford House, Dorchester and Elizabeth Mary Pope, daughter of Amos Whiting. He was one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Alexander Pope, D.S.O. (B, 1889-1892), of the same regiment, died in hospital on April 9th 1919 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from Twyford School, reached Sixth Book and was appointed a School Prefect. In 1901, he went up to New College, Oxford, taking his degree in Jurisprudence: he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1907 and joined the Western Circuit.
On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Inns of Court O.T.C. and in March 1915 obtained a commission in the 3rd Battalion Welch Regiment. He fell in action on October 2nd 1915, during an assault on the Hohenzollern Redoubt, which constituted part of the enemy’s defence system at Loos. At first he was posted as missing and his death was not officially acknowledged until August 1916.
In 1919, the family had a memoir privately printed by the Chiswick Press. It was entitled “Lest We Forget: A Book of Remembrance, Being a Short Summary of the Service & Sacrifice rendered to the Empire during the Great War by one of the many Patriotic Families of Wessex, The Popes of Wrackleford, Co. Dorset”. With a foreword by Thomas Hardy, it contained the portraits and war records of the ten sons, four daughters and three sons-in-law of Alfred Pope, together with a memoir of their father and portraits of both parents. As well as the two Wykehamist brothers who died, Captain Charles Alfred Whiting Pope RAMC was drowned when the troopship Transylvania was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on May 4th 1915; their brother-in law (husband of Evelyn Grace Pope) Lieutenant-Colonel A.R. Haig-Brown DSO, was killed in action on March 25th 1918 whilst commanding 23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. The book contains extracts from Albert Pope’s letters from Mesopotamia, but also an account of Percy Pope’s death written by his Commanding Officer.
- Surname: Pope
- Forenames or initials: Percy Paris
- House: B
- Years in School: 1896-1901
- Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
- Regiment: Welsh Regiment
- Date of Birth: 24th August 1882
- Date of Death: 2nd October 1915
- How Died: Killed in action
- Location in War Cloister: Outer A6
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 77-78 of the LOOS MEMORIAL