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Arthur Douglas HOGAN

Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolAlbion Street Public School, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
OccupationJeweller and optican
AddressGlengowan, Boulevarde, Lewisham, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMrs Hogan, Lewisham, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Sydney Scottish Rifles.
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

'Enlisted in Victoria, April 1915 from Wagga NSW; received his Commission on 16th July, 1915. Left Melbourne on 11th October, 1915 as 2nd Lieutenant, was invalided home from Egypt in February, 1916. Left for Salisbury Plains on 3rd July, arrived in France in October, gained his 2nd Star on 11th December, 1916, was amongst those who entered Bapaume on 17th March, 1917. Was dangerously wounded three days later at Noreuil. Left again for France in July. His Battalion Commander wrote his mother: "I happened to be in command of the attack on 9th October and unhesitatingly chose him for my central commander. He fell gallantly leading the attack onthe German positions over Broodseinde Ridge between Dairy and Daisy Woods. He leaves a great gap inthe Battalion where he was admired respected and even loved by all ranks. He had previously done splended work for the Battalion on the Somme and was certain to have secured fitting recognition for his work. He was a gallant soldier and met a gallant end."' Details from Mother

FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William adn Julia HOGAN, 'Glengower', Boulevarde, Lewisham, Sydney, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousins: 8 enlisted in Western Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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