POPE, Percy
(Service number 6/3434)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 25 December 1886 Place of Birth Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 26 August 1915 Age 28
Address at Enlistment Roslyn Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Occupation Plumber
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr Thomas Pope (father), Roslyn Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 foot 5 3/4 inches, chest 31 - 34 1/2 inches, weight 118 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, teeth serviceable

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 2 Company, 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian & Western Europe
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 13 April 1919 Reason End of war

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

6 May 1916 admitted to the 7th General Hospital, St Omer: dangerously ill with cerebral spinal fever, transferred to No 14 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne on 17 June, then to the 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea, on 6 July, 20 July transferred to No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst - 25 August reported to NZ Convalescent Camp. 6 April 1918: admitted to No 3 NZGH, Codford. Discharged 18 May 1918.

Post-war Occupations



Date 9 May 1966 Age 79
Place of Death Timaru, New Zealand
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 141, Plot 384
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Percy, youngest son of Thomas John and Mary Jane (nee Vye) Pope, was born at Lawrence, Otago, on 25 December 1886. He was educated at the Wetherstone and Lawrence Schools, and did his technical classes for plumbing at Dunedin Technical College, as a paying adult student.

Percy enlisted at Timaru on 26 August 1915, having been employed by the Timaru Gas Company in the maintenance department. He was described as being single, aged 28, Anglican, 5 foot 5 and ¾ inches tall, weighing 118 lbs, chest measuring 31 – 34 ½ inches, black hair, brown eyes, dark complexion and having serviceable teeth. His father, Thomas Pope of Roslyn Street, Timaru, was listed as his next of kin. Having no previous military experience, he was posted as a Private to the 2nd Company, 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion, and embarked with the 8th Reinforcements from Wellington on 13 November 1915, aboard SS Willochra, arriving in Suez, Egypt, 20 December 1915. Private Pope joined his battalion at Ismailia on 9 January 1916, and embarked for France from Port Said, on 6 April 1916. On 6 May 1916, he was admitted to the 7th General Hospital at St Omer, dangerously ill with cerebral spinal fever. He was then transferred to No.14 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne on 17 June, then to the 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea, on 6 July. On 20 July he was transferred to No.1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, and 25 August he reported to NZ Convalescent Camp. He was to spend the rest of his service in England, and on 6 April 1918, was admitted to No.3 NZ General Hospital at Codford. Discharged from hospital on 18 May, he was attached for duty to the VD Section until 28 May, when he was discharged to the NZ Convalescent Depot, Codford. On 18 July he marched into Sling Camp until 1 February 1919, when he embarked from London for his return to New Zealand. After having served 3 years and 231 days, Percy was discharged from the army on 13 April 1919. For his service he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Returning to Timaru, and taking up his previous employment as a plumber, Percy married Miss Margaret Helen Ramsey in 1925. He spent the rest of his life working in the Timaru area, where he died on 9 May 1966, and is buried with his wife Margaret, in the Timaru Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotpah Database (August 2015); Military Personnel file at NZ Archives (August 2015); Fam Net, The Family History Network at; New Zealand ANZACs in the Great War 1914-1918 at (2 September 2015); Geni at (2 September 2015); Ancestry at (2 September 2015); Papers Past at Timaru Herald 1 March 1919 "Returning Men: the main body me", Tuapeka Times 4 August 1915 "Local and General" includes a comment about Pope at the military training camp, and Timaru Herald 21 August 1915 "Town & Country" n otes Pope's deaprture for Trentham; Timaru District Cemetery database at (2 September 2015); NZSG Index V5

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