Ogle, William Robert (No. 2105)

Ogle, William Robert

Lance Corporal

No. 2105, 6th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Killed in action on Sunday 30 July 1916 (aged 26)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10A)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

St John’s (Malone) Church of Ireland Church, Belfast – Memorial Plaque


William Robert Ogle was born on 7 April 1890 at 25 Thorndyke Street, Belfast and he was a son of William Robert Ogle (born in Westport, Co Mayo) and Margaret Jane Ogle (nee Brownlee, born in Co Armagh) who lived at Brompton Cottage, Balmoral.  They were married on 20 April 1889 in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Church Ballymacarrett Belfast.  William Robert Ogle Senior worked as an overseer in the General Post Office (GPO) and the Ogle family also had a house in Bangor at 7 Brunswick Road.  William Robert and Margaret Jane Ogle had four children:

William Robert (born 7 April 1890 at 25 Thorndyke Street, Belfast)

Cecil Alexander (born 12 November 1891 at 8 Worcester Terrace, Belfast)

Herbert (born 6 February 1896 at 106 Deramore Avenue, Belfast)

Thomas (born 18 May 1898 at 2 Haywood Avenue, Belfast)

William Robert Ogle enlisted in Perth, Scotland and he served with the 6th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

Lance Corporal William Robert Ogle was 26 when he was killed in action on 30 July 1916 and his death was reported in the 11 August 1916 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Bangor Man Killed in Action.  First news of Lance Corporal Ogle’s death reached Bangor in a communication from his brother, Signaller Cecil Alexander Ogle who had worked as a draftsman in Messrs Harland & Wolff before the Great War and who was also serving in the Black Watch.  Lance Corporal William Robert Ogle was buried on the battlefield where he fell and the grave was subsequently lost.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War William Robert Ogle, like his father, was employed in the GPO.  He joined the Territorials in September 1914 and went to the Western Front in May 1915.  Just before the attack in which he died he wrote a letter to his family but they didn’t receive this letter until after William Robert died.

On 4 August 1915 Second Lieutenant A.D. Muir of No. 1 Company 1st/6th Black Watch wrote to William Robert’s mother to express his sympathy and he said that he felt he had suffered a personal loss.  He said that Lance Corporal Ogle could always be depended upon absolutely and he assured the family that William Robert’s death had been quite painless.  In a further effort to assuage their grief he told William Robert’s family there was a bullet wound that had caused no disfigurement.

Lance Corporal William Robert Ogle (No. 2105) is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 518).

Lance Corporal William Robert Ogle’s parents both died in 1936, his father William Robert on 2 April (aged 72) and his mother Margaret Jane on 5 August (aged 68).  The family address then was 56 Martinez Avenue, Belfast.