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Major General Sydney Buxton Pope CB DSO was a British officer who served in the Indian Army.[1]

Military careerEdit

He was born 9 February 1879

Educated St. Pauls School and Christ' College, Cambridge.

Commissioned Second Lieutenant, 4th battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers 12 July 1900.

Transferred to Royal Irish Regiment 4 May 1901.

Transferred to the Indian Army 8 April 1903.

Promoted Lieutenant 4 August 1903 attached the 113th Infantry.

He transferred to the 58th Vaughan's Rifles (Frontier Force) 25 February 1904.[2]

He served on the campaign against the Mohmands on the North West Frontier during 1908.

Promoted Captain 4 May 1910.

Appointed Aide-de-Camp to the commander of the 4th (Quetta) division 5 December 1913 to 23 February 1914.[3]

In 1914 he was at the Quetta Staff College.

He served during World War I mostly on the Staff in France & Palestine and was awarded the DSO and the French Legion d' Honneur.

He was promoted Major 4 May 1916.

He was appointed Brevet Lt-Col 1 January 1919 and Brevet Colonel 3 May 1921.

Appointed D. A. & Q. M. G. Baluch District 1 July 1922 as a temporary Colonel.

Promoted Colonel 29 April 1924 with senority from 3 May 1921.

Appointed temporary Brigadier Commanding 8th Indian Infantry Brigade from 4 July 1926 to 4 July 1930

Promoted Major - General 29 October 1930 and awarded the CB the same year.

He was on the unemployed list from 18 October 1930 to 27 October 1931.

Appointed District Commander Waziristan District 16 November 1931 to 27 August 1934.

Appointed D. A. & Q. M. G., Southern Command 27 August 1934 to 27 August 1938.

Retired Major - General 27 August 1938.

He was appointed the Colonel of the 4/19 Hyderabad Regiment (late the 98th Infantry) from 28 August 1931 to 31 May 1949.

He was appointed the Colonel of the 5/13 Frontier Force Rifles (late the 58th Vaughans Rifles) 24 February 1933.

In retirement he was appointed a King's Messenger, an appointment he relinquished on the 27 June 1940.

Major General Pope holds the distinction of being the first colonel of the Kumaon Regiment.[4]

He died on the 24 July 1955.


  1. Whitehead, Clive (2003). Colonial educators: the British Indian and colonial education service 1858-1983. 1860648649. p. 37. ISBN 1-86064-864-9. 
  2. Indian Army List January 1908
  3. London Gazette
  4. Praval, K. C. (1976). Valour triumphs: a history of the Kumaon Regiment. India: Thomson Press. p. xv. 
  • London Gazette
  • Indian Army List January 1908
  • Kelly's Handbook 1944

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