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James Mount Hutton OGG


Rank Reg/Ser No DOB Enlisted Discharge/Death Board
Sgt 85674 16/10/1880 38y2m 03/01/1919 04/08/1919 3

Sergeant James Mount Hutton Ogg (1880 - 1930)

Ogg Brothers Booklet

James Mount Hutton Ogg (known as Jim), eldest child of George Ogg and Mary Mount née Hutton, was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne on 16 October 1880. 

Family background 

George Ogg (1852-1927) born in the Scottish town of Dunnottar in Kincardineshire, Scotland, was a publican, who came to Melbourne on the ship Somersetshire at the age of 24 in 1875.  In Melbourne in 1879, he married Mary Mount Hutton (1854 – 1936) of Fitzroy in a ceremony at which Rev Charles Strong1 officiated. George Ogg became a shipping clerk requiring him to serve first in Sydney, then the Dundathu Reach of the Mary River in Queensland and later at Wynnum and South Brisbane.  Their children were born at these places, seven in all - three sons and four daughters.  Their eldest daughter Mary Isabel died in 1899 aged sixteen years and was buried in the Toowong Cemetery. George Ogg died in 1927, also buried in the Toowong Cemetery as is Mrs Mary Ogg who died in 1936, outliving her three sons and two of her daughters. Mrs Mary Mount Ogg was a communicant member of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Creek Street, Brisbane.

The names of her eldest son (James Mount Hutton Ogg) and her youngest son (William Miller Ogg) are on one of the honour boards in the Merrington Anzac Memorial Peace Chapel. Both enlisted and were accepted in the Australian Imperial Force but neither of them fought on the battlefields during the Great War. 

The Ogg family would have experienced deep sadness and grief in the few years between 1927 and 1932.  Mrs Mary Ogg lost her husband and her three sons in a short period of time.

James' early life

In his childhood he would have lived at Melbourne, Sydney and Wide Bay before settling in Wynnum with his younger sisters and brothers in the care of their parents in about 1892.  He tried outdoor work as a station hand on Milo Station off the Adavale-Windorah Road in south western Queensland in 1903 and carried out clerical duties as a bookkeeper while living with his parents at Wynnum from about 1908 to 1912.  In the Citizen Forces, James Ogg, served in the 13th Australian Light Horse and Queensland Mounted Infantry for 3 years and the Australian Pay Corps for 3 years.

Marriage

On 2 October 1912, Jim Ogg married Miss Jane Evelyn Tristram of Palma Rosa, Hamilton in the Holy Trinity Church in a ceremony conducted by Rev Hugh Simmonds.  The couple lived at Adam Street, Tingal Hill, Wynnum till the end of 1918.

Enlistment

It was on 3 January 1919 (after the war) when James Ogg at the age of 38 years and two months enlisted to serve overseas in the Australian Imperial Force.  After medical examination in Melbourne he was considered fit for active service though he had previously been rejected because of poor eyesight.  Allocated regimental number 85674, he was appointed to the Army Pay Corps to serve in London with the rank of sergeant.  He embarked at Melbourne on board A74 HMAT2 Marathon on 25 January 1919 and arrived at Southampton on 19 March.  While on leave soon afterwards he became seriously ill and was admitted to Endell Street Military Hospital with influenza.  His wife Evelyn, next of kin, received a telegram from Base Records stating:

 “NOW REPORTED JAMES OGG ADMITTED ENDELL STREET HOSPITAL LONDON THIRTIETH MARCH INFLUENZA.”

James Ogg remained in hospital till 9 May when he was transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford and discharged three days later for convalescence at AIF headquarters before return to Australia on 5 June per HMAT Mahia.  Sergeant James Ogg was discharged from the AIF on 4 August 1919.

Post war

According to the 1919 Electoral Roll for the District of Oxley, Subdivision of Wynnum, James and Evelyn Ogg returned for a while to their home at Adam Street Wynnum.

By 1922 however, James was employed as a bookkeeper at Merinda residing with his brother Guthrie Ogg and Guthrie’s wife Lucy and their family.  From about 1925 James Ogg and his brother Guthrie Ogg were employed at the State Coalmine at Collinsville where James was a bookkeeper and a Justice of the Peace.  Sadly, James Ogg died in Collinsville early in the year 1930, aged 49.

Reporting his death on 14 January, a Brisbane newspaper, The Brisbane Courier, stated simply:

 “On 11 January, at Collinsville, James Mount Hutton, eldest son of Mrs Ogg and the late George Ogg, Brereton Street, West End.”3

James Ogg’s widow Evelyn married again.  Her wedding to Charles Greenwood Knox, a Sydney ferry employee, took place in Newcastle, New South Wales in 1932. They lived at Milson’s Point, later North Sydney.

Jim and his brother Guthrie, were obviously closely associated.  (Guthrie Gordon Ogg was head accountant at the State Colliery and secretary for the Collinsville Hospital.  Two years after his brother’s death he died tragically in Collinsville, aged 43 years. He committed suicide by shooting himself on 7 January 1932.)


Footnotes
1. Rev Charles Strong was minister at Scots Presbyterian Church, Melbourne from 1875 to 1883.
2 His Majesty’s Australian transport
3 Brisbane Courier, 14 January 1930, page 14

References
• National Archives of Australia, military records, World War 1
• Brisbane City Council, Cemetery Records
• Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria
• Register of Births Deaths and Marriages, New South Wales
• Register of Births Deaths and Marriages, Queensland
• Ancestry on-line
• Australian Electoral Rolls, 1905 – 1938
• First World War Embarkation Roll
• Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Brisbane, Annual Reports, 1921, 1923
• Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports). Microfiche VPRS 7666, copy of VRPS 947, Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne, Victoria.
• Argus, Melbourne, 11 June 1879, page 1
• Brisbane Courier, 19 June 1909, page 7
• Brisbane Courier, 9 October 1912, page 17
• Brisbane Courier, 15 January 1913, page 11
• Week, Brisbane, 16 October 1925, page 8
• Brisbane Courier, 14 January 1930, page 14
• Brisbane Courier, 11 July 1930, page 14
• Daily Mercury, Mackay, 8 January 1932, page 5

Compiled by Noel E Adsett, Brisbane.  October 2016

 

 

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