No.1092 Corporal Alick Francis (Frank) Ogilvie
Alick Francis (Frank) Ogilvie was born in Berwick Victoria about 1888.
Australian Electoral Rolls have Alick Frank Ogilvie living in Watton Street, Werribee in 1914 to 1919. His trade was listed as a painter.
He enlisted as a gunner on 17 August 1914 at Albert Park, Victoria. His unit was the 5th Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The 2nd Field Artillery Brigade formed in Australia prior to embarkation in late 1914, to support the newly raised 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division, drawn mainly from Victoria.
Each Brigade generally comprised three Batteries of four 18 Pounder Mk 1 or II guns. With a range of about 6,500 yards (almost 6km), they fired a range of ammunition; including High Explosive fragmentation, Shrapnel, Smoke, Gas, Star (illumination) and Armour Piercing projectiles.
After a period of just two months basic training, his unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914 where they proceeded to Egypt, arriving on 2 December 1914. A further period of training took place, before the battalion was committed to the Gallipoli Campaign.
Mrs. Dempsey received a letter from her son Bert Dempsey, writing of how " ... a blue funnel steamer collided with them about 4 a.m. .." Other Werribee boys that were also on the same boat were Conron, Newland, Ogilvie and Thomson.
Werribee Shire Banner, 24 December 1914, p.2.
Alick joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF) on 8 April 1915. The records do not state whether he was involved in the deployments to the ANZAC cove, but there is mention of him being there in 27 June 1915. The records also show that he was in hospital with a debility at Heliopolis which was a suburb outside Cairo, Egypt on 25 August 1915.
He left Alexandria on 18 June 1916 on board HMT Manitou headed for Marseilles in the south of France. They arrived there on the 25 June 1916. While in France, he was promoted to Corporal.
On 22 November 1916, while in France he was admitted to hospital with Mastoiditis - a severe infection of a bone behind the ear. He was evacuated from France to England on board the Hospital Carrier Dieppe on 28 November 1916 and spent a few months in hospitals in England.
He remained in England and worked from AIF Headquarters.
Alick was granted 75 days special leave (1914 Leave) which he took before returning to Australia, embarking for Australia on 16 April 1920 on board HMAT A20 Hororata. Disembarked on 10 June 1920 and was discharged on 25 June 1920.
Corporal A. F. Ogilvie was presented with a gold medal by the Werribee Returned Soldiers' Committee at an "entertainment" on Tuesday 6 July 1920.
Werribee Shire Banner, 8 July 1920, p.3.
1922 Australian Electoral Rolls have him living in 2 St Andrews Street, Brighton and he was an agent.
In 1925, he lived at 149 Pascoe Vale Road, Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds and he still was an agent.
Alick married Valmai Read in 1930 and they had one daughter in 1941.
1949 Australian Electoral Rolls had Alick and Valmai living in Noel Street, Apollo Bay.
Alick died in 1953 in Apollo Bay, Victoria, at the age of 65. There is also a plaque in the Victorian Garden of Remembrance. His wife passed away in 1994 at the age of 88.
Ogilvie, A. - first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 22 July 1915, p.3.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/18 Star
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
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