Major ANDREW ALEC KYRLE POPE

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Rank Major
Forenames ANDREW ALEC KYRLE
Surname POPE
Initials A A K
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Wednesday, 19 June 1918
Date of Death Tuesday, 06 June 1944
Age 25
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From MUCH MARCLE, HEREFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 77672
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 3 Parachute Brigade Headquarters and Defence Platoon (6th Airborne Division)
Regiment/Unit attached to 3 Parachute Brigade Headquarters and Defence Platoon (6th Airborne Division)
Military Honours and Awards MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
Place of Burial/Commemoration SAINT-VAAST-EN-AUGE CHURCHYARD
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location Grave 1.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF COMMANDER ROWLAND KYRLE CECIL POPE, ROYAL NAVY (RN), AND AGNES JESSIE POPE, OF MUCH MARCLE, HEREFORDSHIRE.

Additional Information

 

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission records1 state that Major ANDREW ALEC KYRLE POPE was attached to Headquarters of the 5th Airborne Division Headquarters. This is incorrect as there was no 5th Airborne Division. Other sources povide information that show he was attached to 3 Parachute Brigade, Headquarters and Defence Platoon (6th Airborne Division).2

 

Major ANDREW POPE was born on Wednesday the 19th June 1918. He had 2 brothers, one, called Michael, became a rear Admiral in the Royal Navy.3 He was seriously wounded in France while serving with 1 Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, but recovered after 7 Months in hospital.

 

On the 5th October 1942 he became General Staff Officer Grade 3 Operations (GSO 3[O]) in the airborne. He became General Staff Officer Grade 2 (GSO2) on the 18th January 1943. Finally he joined 3 Parachute Brigade as a Brigade Major. He was killed at Ferme du Grand Colleville at Saint-Vaast-en-Auge on Tuesday the 6th June 1944.4

 

 

References
1. As of January 2015.
2. Gale's Eyes. p.42. Private Publication, 2008. by Carl Rijmen and Les Parachutistes de Saint Vaast En Auge website.
3. Photographs and additional information, unless otherwise credited, kindly provided by Ludovic Louis of Les Parachutistes de Saint Vaast En Auge website.
4. Gale's Eyes. p.42. Private Publication, 2008. by Carl Rijmen.
   

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Ludovic Louis of Les Parachutistes de Saint Vaast En Auge website.
Additional photographs provided by:  
Additional information provided by: Carl Shilleto, Ludovic Louis of Les Parachutistes de Saint Vaast En Auge website, Gale's Eyes. p.42. Private Publication, 2008. by Carl Rijmen. 

 

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