The birth of Charles Alfred Whiting Pope was registered at Dorchester in 1878, fourth son of Alfred Pope JP, FSA and Elizabeth Mary Pope of Wrackleford House, Stratton.

The marriage of Charles Alfred Whiting Pope to Marion Ruth Gravener took place at St George’s Church, Fordington on 14th April 1909.

A newspaper report of the marriage read :

‘Marriage - Pope/Gravener -- On the 14th april at St George's Church Fordington by the Vicar the Rev Richard Grosvenor Bartelot MA (brother-in-law of the bridegroom) Charles Alfred Whiting POPE MA,MB (Cantab) of Rugby fourth son of Mr Alfred Pope JP FSA of South Court Dorchester and Wrackleford House Dorset to Marion Ruth Gravener eldest daughter of Captain JJA Gravener RN (retired) of Avenue House Dorchester and grandaughter of the late Rev Wm Gorton Vicar of Potersham.’

Charles Alfred Whiting Pope
Dorset Families – Rodney Legg

  At 10.00am on 4th May 1917, Captain Charles Alfred Whiting Pope M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps was aboard the SS Transylvania, a passenger liner of the Cunard subsidiary Anchor Line off Cape Vado, Italy sailing from Marseille, France to Alexandria, Egypt with allied troop reinforcements, when it was torpedoed in the port engine room by the German U-boat U-63.

Two Japanese destroyers Matsu and Sakaki were escorting the Transylvania. The Matsu came alongside the Transylvania and began to take troops on board while the Sakaki circled to force the submarine to remain submerged. Twenty minutes later a second torpedo was seen going directly towards the Matsu, which saved herself by going astern at full speed. The torpedo hit the Transylvania instead, which then sank immediately. Ten crew members, 29 army officers and 373 soldiers lost their lives.
SS Translyvania - The Book of the Anchor Line 1931

  The New York Times of 24th May 1917 reported the incident::  
Charles Alfred Whiting Pope was lost on 4th May 1917 aged 39 years.

Bodies from the sinking of the SS Transylvania were recovered at Savona and buried on
6th May 1917 in a special plot in the town cemetery. Others were buried elsewhere in Italy, France, Monaco and Spain.

Savona Town Cemetery contains 85 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, all but two of them casualties of the Transylvania. Within the cemetery is the Savona Memorial which commemorates a further 275 casualties who died when the Transylvania went down, but whose graves are not known.
Savona Memorial - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Charles Alfred Whiting Pope is remembered on the Savona Memorial.

His widow, Marion Pope was living at 7, Sedlescombe Road South, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex in 1917. She attended the dedication of Stratton War Memorial on 30th November 1919 as did Charles’ parents, Mr & Mrs Alfred Pope.

Charles Alfred Whiting Pope and his brother Percy Paris Pope are remembered on a memorial in St Mary’s Church, Stratton. It reads: In loving memory of Percy Paris Pope MA. New Coll. Oxen of the Inner Temple Barrister-at-Law 2nd Lieut. The Welsh Regiment Sixth son of Alfred Pope of Wrackleford House, who was killed in action during an enemy attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt 2nd October 1915. Aged 33.  Also of Capt. Charles Alfred Whiting Pope M.A. M.B. Trin. Coll. Camb. R.A.M.C. Fourth son of Alfred Pope who was drowned whilst attending the wounded in the ship’s hospital on the occasion of the British Troop-Ship “Transylvania” being torpedoed in the Mediterranean 4th May 1917. Aged 39.  “Glory born of duty is a crown of light”
Memorial Plaque - Stratton Parish Church
Charles Alfred Whiting Pope and his brothers Percy Paris Pope and Edward Alexander Pope are also remembered on the Dorchester War Memorial in South Walks Road and on the Memorial Plaque at All Saints Church, Dorchester.
Dorchester War Memorial, South Walks Road
Memorial Plaque - All Saints Church, Dorchester
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