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  cap badgeBugler Alexander King Hogg

2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 11647

Alexander King Hogg grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Charles and Agnes Hogg of 40 Dale St, Bridgeton, Glasgow. Alexander's brother Charles and another brother were both serving when he died. Brother Charles (who was a Bugler) wrote home saying he was sorry to have missed Alexander's funeral. From the 1901 Census - Address - 75 Graham St, Coatbridge - Charles Hogg aged 43, Agnes Hogg aged 39, James Hogg aged 16, Mary Hogg aged 14, Jane Hogg aged 12, John Hogg aged 10, Alexander Hogg aged 7, Charles Hogg aged 5, Agnes Hogg aged 3, Christina Hogg aged 1. Alexander's mother Agnes is listed as Dependant on his Pension Record but the Pension was refused.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 3 Russell Colt St, Coatbridge.

Died

Died of Wounds on the 03/08/1916 to the abdomen at a Hospital, Somme. Wounds received at the Battle of Delville Wood (part of the Battles of the Somme)

Enlisted

Hamilton 1910

Employed

Regular Soldier previously Lochrin Iron Works.

Age

23

Buried / Remembered

Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot 2. Row A. Grave 30), Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The communal cemetery was used for burials until May 1916, when the plot set aside was filled and the extension opened. The majority of the graves in the extension are of officers and men who died of wounds in the 1916 Battle of the Somme. The remainder relate to the fighting of 1918. The communal cemetery contains 249 First World War burials, the extension 918.

Additional Information

Alexander and the Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 14/08/1914 and were part of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division. Alexander had 6 and a half years Service.The Battle of Delville Wood, 15th July – 3rd September 1916 : Delville Wood, which is within sight and today and easy walk of High Wood, was also fought over countless times for similar reasons and became a charnel house, choked with the dead of both sides. It is perhaps most remembered for the sustained attack mad by the South African Brigade of the 9th (Scottish) Division, a formation which was to all intents and purposes destroyed during its valiant efforts. This was part of the Battles of the Somme, 1st July – 18th November 1916 : A Franco-British offensive that was undertaken after Allied strategic conferences in late 1915, but which changed its nature due to the German attack against the French in the epic Battle of Verdun, which lasted from late February to November. Huge British losses on the first day and a series of fiercely-contested steps that became attritional in nature. For all armies on the Western Front it was becoming what the Germans would call “materialschlacht”: a war not of morale, will or even manpower, but of sheer industrial material might. 15 September 1916 saw the first-ever use of tanks in the step known as the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. The British army in France is now approaching its maximum strength in numbers but is still developing in terms of tactics, technology, command and control. See Newspaper clipping (2) for letters to Alexander's father from the Chaplain and the Sister of the Hospital he died in. Alexander is listed as PRIVATE on the Memorial. He is also remembered on the Free Church Roll of Honour (with his brother Charles, see Newspaper clipping 1). See photos for Alexander's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 3, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, another photo of Alexander's grave, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and Alexander's Pension Records x 2. Alexander's grave inscription reads "GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN".

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