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  cap badgePrivate James Hogg

10th (Service) Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Service No: 3/7147

James Hogg grave





Personal details

Family Information

From the Ireland 1901 Census - Address - Prospect Avenue, Drogheda, Co. Louth - Head of Family - Michael Hogg aged 21. Sisters and Brothers - Ellen Hogg aged 19, Maggie Hogg aged 17, James Hogg aged 14, John Hogg aged 12. James also had a brother named Allen E Hogg.

Born / Resided

Drogheda, Co. Louth / 67 Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 14/07/1916 at the Battle of Bazentin Ridge (part of the Battles of the Somme)


Falkirk 10/08/1914


Labourer in the British Tube Works.



Buried / Remembered

Caterpillar Valley Cemetery (XIV. G. 24), Longueval, Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Caterpillar Valley was the name given by the army to the long valley which runs West to East, past "Caterpillar Wood", to the high ground at Guillemont. Longueval village is on the Northern crest of this valley and 500 metres West of the village, on the South side of the road to Contalmaison, is Caterpillar Valley Cemetery. Caterpillar Valley was captured during a successful night assault by the 3rd, 7th and 9th Divisions on Bazentin Ridge on 14 July 1916. It was lost in the German advance of March 1918 and recovered by the 38th (Welsh) Division on 28 August 1918, when a little cemetery was made (now Plot 1 of this cemetery) containing 25 graves of the 38th Division and the 6th Dragoon Guards. After the Armistice, this cemetery was hugely increased when the graves of more than 5,500 officers and men were brought in from other small cemeteries, and the battlefields of the Somme. CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY now contains 5,573 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 3,798 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 32 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to three buried in McCormick's Post Cemetery whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

Additional Information

James enlisted in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion before heading to France with the 2nd Battalion. James arrived in France on the 11/11/1914 till the 03/02/1915. He was at home from the 04/02/1915 till the 16/08/1915. He then returned to France and was with the 10th (Service) Battalion till he fell. They were part of the 26th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. The Battle of Bazentin (the Bazentin Ridge), 14th – 17th July 1916 : The objective of the battle was to take the high ground of Bazentin Ridge, between Bazentin le Grant and Longueval. This also included taking control of the ridge road, and Deville Wood behind Longueval village. By doing so, the British forces would occupy the high ground on the ridge and expose German positions to our artillery. In detail, the objective was : To advance from the British front lines to Longueval village 2.5 miles away. To continue into and through Deville Wood a further 0.3 miles and to then extend the line eastwards a further 0.35 miles along the ridge road. The 8th Black Watch, alongside with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was with the 26th Brigade of the 9th (Scottish) Division, on the east flank. Also with the 9th was the 27th Brigade, including the Royal Scots, on the west flank. At 0300 hours on 14th July 1916, under cover of darkness 26th Brigade move through “no man’s land” to within 400 yards of the German first line in front of Longueval. At 03.25a.m the attack begins and by 10.00a.m Longueval village is taken. The southeast corner holds out until 17.00p.m. At 13.00p.m patrols of Delville Wood are met with resistance (the second line) and fall back to the village. German bombardment of the village continues throughout the night. This Battle was part of the Battles of the Somme, 1st July – 18th November 1916. James was reburied in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery (see Reburial Form). He is also remembered in the St Augustines Parish (book) Roll of Honour and on the Drogheda War Memorial (see photos x 2). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, his name in the Ireland Casualties of WW1, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects (2 sisters mentioned and older brother), the 1901 Ireland Census, his Service Record x 18, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge.

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E.P - My email address is johnsammc@gmail.com
John McCann, Belfast, 03/04/2020 9:51AM
E.F MacAnulty - Can you contact me please. I have more information on your relative. I personally took the photos of his name on the Drogheda Memorial and also visited his grave at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery. Thank you for the kind message. John
John McCann, Belfast, 03/04/2020 9:08AM
R.I.P. James. You were the Uncle of my Grandmother Ellen Hogg. I hope to one day say a prayer at your graveside. Many thanks to Mr. John Mc Cann for his sterling work.
E.F. Mac Anulty, Ulster, 03/04/2020 12:38AM

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