Colonel Robert William George Ogle

Service number NX12305
Ranks Held Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel
Birth Date 21 November 1904
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Waratah
Death Date 28 January 1981
Final Rank Colonel
Service Australian Army
  • 24th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Waratah
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1941-12-30
Published in London Gazette in 1942-11-05
Published in London Gazette in 1942-12-15



Date of birth 21 November 1904
Interwar Service 1 1920 SGT 1st Fd Company
Date commissioned 01 August 1924
Interwar Service 2 01 August 1924 lieutenant AE
Interwar Service 3 13 September 1928 captain
Interwar Service 4 14 September 1934 major
Interwar Service 5 17 June 1937 2/34th battalion
Interwar Service 6 01 May 1938 temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 13th battalion
Interwar Service 7 16 May 1938 course competant for PROM to lieutenant colonel
Interwar Service 8 06 April 1939 Unattached List relinquished command temporary lieutenant colonel
Career summary 1 11 December 1939 major 13th battalion
Career summary 2 11 December 1939 seconded BMGO? Machine Gun Officer? Headquarters 14th Brigade
Career summary 3 27 March 1940 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 4 01 May 1940 seconded major 2/17th battalion from 13th battalion
Career summary 5 29 August 1940 TFD brigade major Headquarters 24th Brigade
Career summary 6 30 January 1941 arrived Middle East
Career summary 7 13 June 1941 lieutenant colonel commanding officer 2/15th battalion
Appointment 1941-06-13 - 1942-09-02 Battalion: 2/15th; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: brigade major 24th Brigade; Reason for end of appointment: wounded in action: Mine El Alamein
Career summary 8 22 August 1941 medical (evac 2/4th AGH why?) 6
Career summary 9 31 December 1941 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 10 09 June 1942 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 11 02 September 1942 wounded in action (multiple Shell/shrapnel wound (mine? fracture rt ankle)
Career summary 13 02 September 1942 relinquished command 2/15th battalion
Career summary 15 16 October 1942 medical downgrade 'unfit for service'
Career summary 16 15 December 1942 Mention in Despatches (Nov 41-Apr 42)
Career summary 14 09 January 1943 Returned to Australia (Syd) (medevac)
Career summary 17 10 September 1943 general service officer grade 1 (Trg) G Br, Adv Land Headquarters
Career summary 18 21 February 1944 general service officer grade 1 (Operational Reports) Dir'e of Mil Operaptions, G Br, Adv Land Headquarters
Career summary 19 1944-06-19 - 1944-07-18 attached Headquarters 9thDiv
Career summary 20 26 October 1944 ED
Career summary 21 11 November 1944 general service officer grade 1 (Training & Op Reports) Adv Land Headquarters
Career summary 24 26 September 1945 Returned to Australia (Brisbane ) ex Morotai
Career summary 25 12 December 1945 Reserve of Officers
Date of death 28 January 1981
Career summary 22 c 1945-06-18 arrived Lae
Career summary 12 In carrier that ran over mine as battalion reached OBJ.
Career summary 23 arrived Morotai ???
Citations 2 'For his gallantry and skilful leadership during a raid which his Bn., supported by other arms, carried out against enemy positions on a feature near TEL EL EISA.
Citations 3 The operation, which was undertaken as a counter stroke to an enemy attack elsewhere , was most carefully and thoroughly planned and prepared by Lt.-Col. OGLE.
Citations 4 It took the form of an attack just before dawn by which the enemy was completely surprised. Parts of his minefield were raised and passages made for our tanks to get through. Heavy casualties were inflicteddd on the enemy and more than one hundred German prisoners were taken. Early in the operation Lt.-Col. OGLE was himslef seriously wounded when the vehicle in which he was travelling ran on a mine. Notwithstanding his wounds, while waiting to be evacuatedd he gave orderrs to offrs with him about getting the tankss through the minefield and for the future conduct of the operation. Lt.-Col. OGLE who in this and other engagements, showed outstanding qualities of aggression and determination did much to inspire the troops under his command with resolutions and confidence.'
Citations 5 recmd BRIG Windeyer 20th Bde EXT SHEET DN 27/42, LG Supp 35771/42
WW2 Service 1 Benghazi
WW2 Service 2 El Alamein
wounded in action Mine? El Alamien 2 Sep 42