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Oliver HOGUE

Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolForest Lodge Superior Public School, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
Other trainingBrig. Commercial and Pastoral before taking up journalism.
AddressThe Mall, Glebe Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinFather, Hon J H Hogue, The Mall, Glebe Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 September 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Light Horse Brigade, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/2/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Refers September-October 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Had travelled by sea and land around and largely through Australia. Wrote picturesque descriptions of life inNorthern and other parts of Australia for Sydney Morning Herald (See introduction to his book "......Blue .... at Dardinelle" Author of other works. '......Setlers of our Anzac'. Died in London of Influenza." Details from Father. Extract from the 'WESTMINSTER GAZETTE' London. "Trooper Bluegum Major Oliver Hoguf, second son of the Hon. Alexander Hogue of Sydney, sometime Minister of Education in the New South Wales Parliament, was the "Trooper Bluegum" who has written so much and so well of the Anzacs inthe field. "R.S." tells me that Major Hogue enlisted as a trooper in the Australian Light Horse in September, 1914, and earned his commission early in December of the same year. He served through practically the whole of the Gallipoli campaign, and early in1917 he was transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps, then preparing for the great adventure into Palestine. In July, 1918 he was appointed to command a squadron of the 14th Ligh Horse Regiment, and during the whole of the lightning campaign that cleared the Turks out of Palestine and Syria Major Hogue was at the head of several brilliant cavalry charges, inwhich he displayed his characteristic tenacity and ddetermination. At Damascus on 30th September he led a particularly gallant charge, in which he captured many hundreds of prisoners, thoughhe himselfhad only a handful of men. He will be buried with military honours at Brookwood Cemetery tomorrow. A Soldier Journalist. It was Major Hogue's love for his profession, journalism, "R.S" tells me led him to chronicle his experiences, under the pen-name of "Trooper Bluegum". He wrote three books: Love Letters of an Anzac", "Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles" a particularly brilliant account of his experiences in Gallipoli, both books published by Mr Andrew Melrose,and a third, which Mr Melrose is about to publish, "The Cameliers", a vivid and impressive account of the Palestine campaign. He has been mentioned in despatches, and even higher honours, I understand, may yet be announced. He intended shortly to return to sydney after four and a half years absence, and the deepest sympathy is felt for his relatives by all who were privileged to know this genial and unassuming and delightful personality. Diarist."
FateDied of disease 3 March 1919
Place of death or woundingLondon, England
Age at death39
Place of burialBrookwood Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row J, Grave NO. 9), Surrey, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: J. and Jessie HOGUE, Sydney

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