Cuthbert John Pope

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Rear-Admiral (retired) Cuthbert John Pope, C.B.E. (2 March, 1887 – 4 August, 1959) served in the Royal Australian Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Tring, Hertfordshire, England.

Pope was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 February, 1908.[1]

Pope was lent to the Royal Australian Navy in January, 1914 for duty at the Royal Australian Naval College at Geelong, Victoria. He applied to return to the Royal Navy upon the outbreak of war but was appointed to the armed merchant cruiser H.M.A.S. Berrima, and participated in the Australian occupation of German New Guinea. In October he joined the light cruiser H.M.A.S. Sydney as navigating officer, and was present when she destroyed the German light cruiser Emden off the Cocos Islands.

Pope was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 February, 1916.[2] He served in Sydney until August, 1919, having transferred to the R.A.N. earlier that year.

Pope was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 July, 1921.[3]

Pope was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1929.[4]

World War II

He commanded the armed merchant cruiser California from 7 November 1939 to October, 1941.

Pope was given the rank of Captain on the Emergency List on 2 March, 1942.[5]

He was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Rear-Admiral on 26 September, 1946.[6]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry J. Feakes
Captain of H.M.A.S. Albatross
3 Aug, 1931[7]
Succeeded by
Hubert G. D. Acland
Preceded by
Henry J. Feakes
Captain of H.M.A.S. Platypus
20 Mar, 1933[8]
Succeeded by
George A. Scott
as Captain of H.M.A.S. Penguin


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  7. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 295.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 297.