Private, 266353, James Ogg (20) – Died of Wounds

1st/6th Gordon Highlanders, 25th April 1917

Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge, similar to the one which would have been worn by James Ogg

Banffshire Herald dated 5th May 1917

Extract from the above publication dated the 5th May 1917, Private James Ogg, previously reported wounded, died of wounds in the 26th General Hospital at Etaples, France, on 25th April. Private Ogg is the son of Mr and Mrs Ogg, Main Street, Newmill, with whom deepest sympathy is felt in their bereavement. Till the end he sent home cheery messages and hopes were entertained of his recovery. By his death, the life of a bright genial lad has been cut short. He joined-up at Keith about two years ago.


James Ogg was a native of Newmill, near Keith, Banffshire. He enlisted at Keith, Banffshire and served within the Gordon Highlanders, in the 6th Battalion and his military numbers were 12245 followed by 266353 and achieved the rank of Private. He served in the France / Belgium Theatres of War.

He died of wounds in the 26th General Hospital, Etaples, France on 25 April 1917 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, France. His cause of death was given as Septic Poisoning. His injuries are likely to have been inflicted at the Battle of Arras as the 6th Gordons were involved in the battle which commenced on the 23 April 1917.

The Grave of James Ogg at Etaples – © International Wargraves Photography Project


James Ogg was born around 1897.

His family is shown in the 1901 Census as residing at 24 Main Street, Newmill, Keith and his family is shown as follows:-

  • Father – James Ogg, born c.1871 at Banffshire (Railway Surfaceman).
  • Mother – Helen Ogg, born c.1873 at Keith, Banffshire (Railway Surfaceman)
  • Sister – Maggie A., born c.1892 at Keith, Banffshire.
  • Sister – Helen, born c.1894 at Banffshire.
  • Sister – Elizabeth, born c.1895 at Keith, Banffshire.
  • Brother – William, born c.1900 at Keith, Banffshire.

His family at the time of his death was shown as 13, Main Street, Newmill, Keith, Banffshire.


Following his death, James Ogg was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.


He is honoured and remembered on the Keith and the Newmill War Memorials, Banffshire.

Links to Additional Information


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Medal Index Card
  • Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
  • Medal Roll – Victory and British War Medal – Gordon Highlanders
  • Lives of the First World War from the Imperial War Museum
  • 1901 Census
  • Find a Grave website – James Ogg


Contributors :-

  • Vincent Stuart

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