STRATTON DORSET
   
             
STRATTON WAR MEMORIAL
             
           
    LIEUT-COL. E. ALEXANDER POPE. D.S.O. THE WELSH REGT.    
             
     
 

The birth of Edward Alexander Pope was registered in Dorchester in 1876, second son of Alfred Pope JP, FSA, and Elizabeth Mary Pope of South Walk House, Dorchester and later Wrackleford House, Stratton.

Edward Alexander Pope served during the Boer War.

He married Sybil Aline Briggs in Sunderland in 1904 (Ref: June ¼ 10a 1074). They lived at Woodbridge, Branksome Park, Poole.

During the Great War Lieutenant Colonel Edward Alexander Pope DSO, 3rd Battalion, Welch Regiment served near Gouzeaucourt in France.

 
     
 
Edward Alexander Pope
Dorset Families - Rodney Legg

 
     
 
Edward Alexander Pope was wounded in 1917 and suffered ‘bronchial trouble, caused by mental strain and overwork’ and succumbed to ‘disease contracted on active service’.

Gouzeaucourt village was captured by the 8th Division on the night of 12th-13th April 1917.

It was lost on 30th November 1917 in the German counterattack at the end of the Battle of Cambrai, and recaptured the same day by the 1st Irish Guards. It was lost again on 22nd March 1918, attacked by the 38th (Welsh) Division on the following 18th September, and finally retaken by the 21st Division on 8th October 1918.

Edward Alexander Pope died on 9th April 1919 aged 43 years. The Pope family tomb on the south side of St Mary’s Church, Stratton is his final resting place.
 
     
 
The Pope family tomb - St Mary’s Church, Stratton

 
     
 
In 1919 Sybil Pope was shown living at The Dring, Queen Camel, Somerset.

In St Mary’s Church, Stratton is a framed notice which reads:

‘The flag which hangs over the Roll of Honour represented by the Red Dragon of Wales is that used by 3rd Battalion of the Welch Regiment, before it was replaced by that of the 1st Battalion. The flag came into the possession of Brigadier General F. P. Crosier, C.B., C.M.G, D.S.O, who had the command of the Welch (or 40th) Division during the War, and was sent by him to Mr. Alfred Pope, the father of Col. E. A. Pope, D.S.O., (also of 2nd Lieut. P. P. Pope, of the same regiment), with a letter, (a copy of which is in the parish chest) and is placed here with the sanction of the Vicar and Churchwardens of Stratton, as a memento to Col. Pope, whose ashes lie in the vault to the south of the Church.'

In presenting the flag the General writes:

‘You are entitled to it by the laws of merit. It is the flag of the 3rd Welch, which flew at their Quarter Guard from August 4/14 to July 20/19, and must have been saluted daily at Retreat by your son, both at the very beginning of the war, and in ’17, ’18 and ’19 when he was in command: after he returned wounded, only to die at duty of his wounds sustained in April/17, near Gouzeaucourt’.
 
           
 
Flag of the 3rd Battalion, Welch Regiment
St marys Church, Stratton

 
             
 
The memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Stratton reads: In memory of Lieut Col E Alexander Pope D.S.O.  J.P. The Welsh Regt who raised & commanded the 12th Battn South Wales Borderers, Second son of Alfred Pope of Wrackleford. Died of disease contracted on active service 9th April 1919 aged 43 years  Also of Lieut Col A. R. Haig-Brown D.S.O.  B.A. Cantab of the Duke of Cambridges Own (Middlesex Regt) son-in-law of Alfred Pope. Killed In Action in France 25th March 1918 aged 40 years
 
             
 
St Mary's Church, Stratton - Memorial Plaque – E. A. Pope
 
             
 
Edward Alexander Pope and his brothers Charles Alfred Whiting Pope and Percy Paris 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 in South Walks Road
 
             
 
Memorial Plaque – All Saints Church, Dorchester
 
             
  Mr & Mrs Alfred Pope, and Mrs E. A. Pope attended the dedication of Stratton War memorial on 30th November 1919.  
             
             
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