No.64209 Private Matthew Leo Hogan
Matthew Leo Hogan was born on 6 December 1897 near Tungamah, Victoria to Phillip Francis and Ann Bridget Hogan (nee Daly).
He had two brothers:
- Phillip Francis
- Thomas James
- Mary Monica
[Tungamah is a town in the Goulburn Valley region of northern Victoria, about 260 kilometres from Melbourne].
Matthew enlisted into the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on 20 May 1918. He was aged twenty years and five months and was five feet and seven and a half inches tall. Matthew weighed 137 pounds and had a chest measurement of 35 to 37 and a half inches. His complexion was listed as dark, with grey eyes and brown hair. His next of kin was listed as his father, Mr. Phillip Hogan, Beechworth, Victoria. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
Matthew passed his riding test for the Light Horse at Broadmeadows, Victoria and then volunteered to serve in Egypt in the 5th General Service Reinforcements. Matthew embarked from Sydney, New South Wales per S.S. "Port Darwin" on 14 September 1918. He disembarked at Suez ex Port Darwin on 20 October 1918 and marched into the Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Moascar Egypt on 20 October 1918. He was taken on strength at the 15th Light Horse Regiment.
Matthew commenced his return to Australia from Suez on board HT Dongola Kantara on 26 July 1919. He disembarked at Melbourne on the 28 August 1919 and was discharged on 9 September 1919.
According to the 1919 Australia Electoral roll (Victoria, 1919, Flinders, Frankston) Matthew, his father Phillip and his mother Ann were living at Main Road Hastings, Victoria. The electoral roll had Phillip (1433) listed as railway employee, Matthew (1432) as retired soldier and Ann (1428) as home duties.
Matthew Hogan died in 6 December 1939 at Fairfield, Melbourne Victoria aged 41 and is buried at Fawkner Memorial Park, Fawkner, Victoria.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
Citation NAA: B2455, HOGAN M L 64209