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Gilbert Vere Bogle

Photograph of Gilbert Vere Bogle in 1912, taken around the completion of his medical degree. Image kindly provided by grandson Chris Hector (March 2021).

Photograph of Gilbert Vere Bogle in 1912, taken around the completion of his medical degree. Image k …

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  • Title
    Surgeon-Captain Public - Diana - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Military Personnel file
  • Forenames
    Gilbert Vere AWMM
  • Surname
    Bogle AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 3/534 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 9 June 1884 AWMM
    • 9 June 1884 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    9 June 1884 Public - Diana - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Family papers
  • Place of birth
    Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand Public - Diana - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
    Second son of James K Bogle, stationmaster at Waipukurau, and Annie Stafford Bogle Public - Diana - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Family papers
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs G.V. Bogle (wife), care of High Commissioner for New Zealand, London, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    17 July 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    Margaret Cecily Richmond Fell AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/534 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p262, Rec No 340: AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • “For special devotion to duty at Flers on the 15th and 16th September 1916. Captain Bogle, New Zealand Medical Corps (Regimental Medical Officer attached 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade), established an aid station near Flers on 15th September and organised dressing and evacuation of wounded of his own and other units, a very large number passing through his station.

      He worked ceaselessly in the open under continual shellfire for 36 hours without rest or meals until he was killed by a shell five minutes before the Battalion moved out on relief on 16th September. His untiring efforts undoubtedly saved many lives and throughout he displayed an extraordinary devotion to duty. The work done by this officer since the arrival of his Unit in France last April has been exceptionally good. He has always shown great interest in his work and the low sick rate of his Unit is material proof of his excellent work.” Public - Diana - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - London Gazette

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Killed in action while treating the wounded, Flers, 17 Sept 1916 Public - Diana - Other Relative - 15 April 2015 - Military Personnel File, contemporary accounts, family papers

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • "Capt. Gilbert Vere Bogle, M.B., N.Z.M.C., who was killed while attending the wounded on September 17th, practised at Hawkes Bay (N.Z.), and was aged 32. He was recently married to Miss Margaret Fell." (Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. October 16 1916 p. 81)

      Son of James Kennedy Bogle and Annie Stafford Bogle, brother of 2/Lt George Stafford Bogle. AWMM
    • Gilbert Bogle sailed from Wellington on 9 October 1915 with the 1st Battalion as a Surgeon Captain in the Earl of Liverpool’s own New Zealand Rifle Brigade Medical Corps. He was 31.

      Just three months earlier he had married Margaret Cecily Richmond Fell from Eastbourne, who was pregnant with their child when he left for the front. She travelled to London with her mother to be closer to her new husband while waiting out the war. Margaret's father, Capt. Walter Fell, was also a doctor, serving at a military hospital in England.

      The Battalion arrived in Egypt on 14 November and Gilbert saw service at Mersa Matruh during the Senussi rising, before the N.Z. contingent moved on to France in April 1916.

      A list of 'The Fallen' in the 1920 edition of the Victoria College Review, published in 1920, noted: 'Captain Gilbert Vere Bogle came to Victoria College from Napier Boys' High School in 1901, graduating B.A. in 1908. During his first years [after university] he was a cadet in the Government, later obtaining a mastership at his old school, and in 1905 joined the staff of Wellington College.

      Before the founding of the Football Club he was a member of the original first hockey eleven. He was an excellent cricketer, and as a member of the Tennis and Athletic Clubs he was a successful representative in several Easter tournaments. In addition he was a capable boxer, a good oar, and an excellent swimmer. He was an all-round athlete, but football was his best game. He was on the Football Committee in 1905-6, and captain of the first fifteen from 1906 to 1908. He represented Wellington Province on several occasions, and was selected for the first New Zealand University fifteen to tour Australia, but was unable to travel with the team.

      He was an active member of the Debating Society, and took part in College theatricals and in all the social activities of his time. In 1906 he was a member of the Executive of the Students' Association. He was one of the faithful to whom the College owes its gymnasium. In 1908 he was nominated as candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship, and in the same year left for Edinburgh to study medicine. Here he further distinguished himself in the athletic world [gaining a ruby "blue"], and in 1913 completed his medical degree.

      On the outbreak of war he enlisted from Waipukurau, where he was in partnership [with the hospital superintendent Dr Godfray]...

      In sport, at work, and in ordinary life he was absolutely solid and dependable—a tower of strength in time of need.' Public - Diana - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Family papers
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About death

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  • Death
    17 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France AWMM VI B 3 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 63 AWMM
    • Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014 - March 2022). This project identified Medical Practioners who served in WWI. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Scadden, J. (2018). Broken branches : New Zealand families who lost three or more children in the Great War. AWMM


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25 July 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
21 April 2015DianaAucklandOther Relative

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