Biography

Birth date: 21 November 1904
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Waratah
Death date: 28 January 1981
Final rank: Colonel
Service number: NX12305 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 24th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

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SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (2) ACCOMPANIED BY SENIOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY OFFICERS INSPECTING A GREASE TRAP AT THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE HYGIENE SCHOOL. IDENTIFIED ARE: NX12305 LIEUTENANT COLONEL R. W. G....

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SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (3) INSPECTING SHOWERS BUILT FROM SALVAGED MATERIAL AT THE 4TH AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED BRIGADE HYGIENE SCHOOL. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NP9852 COLONEL J. E. LEE, DSO., MC.,...

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SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (2) INSPECTING THE GAMBUSIA FISH IN A BREEDING POOL AT THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE HYGEINE SCHOOL. THESE FISH WILL LATER BE RELEASED IN CREEKS AND WATERHOLES TO DESTROY THE...

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Sound

Colonel Robert William George Ogle DSO (Rtd) as Commanding Officer 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion, Middle East in the period 1940-1943, interviewed by Martin Hadlow

Colonel Robert William George Ogle DSO (Rtd) as Commanding Officer 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion, Middle East in the period 1940-1943, interviewed by Martin Hadlow A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the Sound section.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1904-11-21
Interwar Service 1 1920 SGT 1st Fd Company
Date commissioned 1924-08-01
Interwar Service 2 1924-08-01 lieutenant AE
Interwar Service 3 1928-09-13 captain
Interwar Service 4 1934-09-14 major
Interwar Service 5 1937-06-17 2/34th battalion
Interwar Service 6 1938-05-01 temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 13th battalion
Interwar Service 7 1938-05-16 course competant for PROM to lieutenant colonel
Interwar Service 8 1939-04-06 Unattached List relinquished command temporary lieutenant colonel
Career summary 1 1939-12-11 major 13th battalion
Career summary 2 1939-12-11 seconded BMGO? Machine Gun Officer? Headquarters 14th Brigade
Career summary 3 1940-03-27 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 4 1940-05-01 seconded major 2/17th battalion from 13th battalion
Career summary 5 1940-08-29 TFD brigade major Headquarters 24th Brigade
Career summary 6 1941-01-30 arrived Middle East
Career summary 7 1941-06-13 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 1941-08-22 medical (evac 2/4th AGH why?) 6
Career summary 9 1941-12-31 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 10 1942-06-09 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 11 1942-09-02 wounded in action (multiple Shell/shrapnel wound (mine? fracture rt ankle)
Career summary 13 1942-09-02 relinquished command 2/15th battalion
Career summary 15 1942-10-16 medical downgrade 'unfit for service'
Career summary 16 1942-12-15 Mention in Despatches (Nov 41-Apr 42)
Career summary 14 1943-01-09 Returned to Australia (Syd) (medevac)
Career summary 17 1943-09-10 general service officer grade 1 (Trg) G Br, Adv Land Headquarters
Career summary 18 1944-02-21 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 1944-10-26 ED
Career summary 21 1944-11-11 general service officer grade 1 (Training & Op Reports) Adv Land Headquarters
Career summary 24 1945-09-26 Returned to Australia (Brisbane ) ex Morotai
Career summary 25 1945-12-12 Reserve of Officers
Date of death 1981-01-28
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