Letters relating to Oliver 'Trooper Bluegum' Hogue, 1915-1927

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Accession Number RCDIG0000997
Collection number 1DRL/0355
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 22
Object type Letters
Physical description 86 Image/s captured
Maker Hogue, Oliver 'Trooper Bluegum'
Unknown
Place made Egypt, Egypt: Cairo, Egypt: Frontier, Sinai, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli), Anzac Beaches Area, Anzac Beach, Syria: North Syria, Homs, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1915-1918; 1927
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Oliver 'Trooper Bluegum' Hogue, 14th Light Horse Regiment. In a series of letters to members of his family as well as his colleague at the Sydney Morning Herald, William Farmer Whyte, Hogue details his experiences in the First World War. Originally serving at Gallipoli with 2nd Light Horse Brigade, he returned to Egypt and was subsequently transferred to 6th Light Horse Regiment, the Imperial Camel Corps, and finally 14th Light Horse Regiment. Hogue's letters frequently refer to the fearlessness and substantial achievements of the Australian troops, especially at the Battle of Romani. The letters are also critical of the British press coverage of the war, with the achievements of the ICC and Australian troops largely ignored. Hogue also details the reported cruelty of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli, and the fighting at Magdhaba and Rafa.
This file contains:
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his family, Egypt, 7 May 1915;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, ANZAC Cove, [written on the back of a copy of the 'Peninsula Press' dated 25 May 1915];
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, ANZAC Cove, 23 June 1915;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his father, Gallipoli, 17 July 1915;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his father, Gallipoli, 24 July 1915;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his father, Gallipoli, 3 August 1915;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his family, [1915];
Letter from Oliver Hogue to Farmer, [1915], [written on the back of a typed copy of the poem 'The Australian'];
Letter from Oliver Hogue to Farmer, London, 2 February 1916;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, Egypt, 12 June 1916;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, 'The Desert,' 22 July 1916 [written on the back of the 'Daily News Letter' of 18 July 1916 and 19 July 1916];
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his brother, 'The Desert,' 4 September 1916;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, 'The Desert,' 28 October 1916;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, Cairo, 21 November 1916;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, 4 Australian Camel Regiment, AIF, 11 December 1916;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his brother, Egypt, 17 January 1917;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, [Egypt], 17 January 1917 [Incomplete];
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, No. 3 Company, Imperial Camel Corps, 25 July 1917;
Letter from Oliver Hogue to his brother, [Homs], 18 December 1918;
An appreciation by a press friend, 3 November 1927;
Single page of letter from Oliver Hogue, [date unknown];
Letter from Oliver Hogue to [William Farmer] Whyte, Sinai, [date unknown], [Incomplete].