William Legh Pope

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Captain R.N.R. (retired) William Legh Pope (9 December, 1886 – ) was an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Life & Career

Pope was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant R.N.R. on 13 May, 1916.

Pope was appointed to the battleship Vanguard and was fortunate to survive her destruction on 9 July, 1917, as one of sixteen of her crew to visit Royal Oak for an evening of entertainment, being then one of approximately twenty-four men who escaped with their lives.[1]

Pope was appointed in command of the destroyer Albatross on 19 February, 1918.[2]

Pope was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander R.N.R. on 13 May, 1924.

Pope was promoted to the rank of Commander R.N.R. on 30 December, 1930.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Leslie Mann
Captain of H.M.S. Locust
7 Sep, 1917[3] – early 1918[Inference]
Succeeded by
Horace L. Vicary
Preceded by
Fred Wissler
Captain of H.M.S. Albatross
19 Feb, 1918[4] – 1919[Fact Check]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alexander H. M. Burton
Captain of H.M.S. M.19
5 Aug, 1919 – 29 Mar, 1920
Succeeded by


  1. The National Archives. ADM 137/3680. f. 445.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 727.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395f.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 727.