Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Alexander Walter Ogilvie

Photo of Alexander Walter Ogilvie
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1897 - 1901.

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery.
Died: 30 October 1918 aged 35 in United Kingdom. Died of pneumonia after gas poisoning.
Cemetery: St Andrews Aldingham Suffolk

Son of G. S. Ogilvie, The Lodge, Woodbridge. b. 1883.
Lower IV—Upper V. House Prefect.
University College, Oxford; B.A. (Third Class History) 1904.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Army Service Corps, transferred 60th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.

Husband of Annie Culver (formerly Ogilvie), of The Chase, Weybridge, Surrey. M.A. (Oxon.).

'Alexander Ogilvie went up to University College, Oxford, took Honours in History, and subsequently studied Engineering. He obtained a commission in the A.S.C., and afterwards transferred to the 47th Siege Battery, R.G.A. In his last action, when he was in command of a battery, an accident at a difficult corner prevented him from getting the last of his six guns into position. Just then the Germans sent over volumes of gas. With the regulation gas helmet it was impossible to give orders. Rather than sacrifice his infantry by being one gun short, Ogilvie deliberately took off his mask, and succeeded in getting the gun into action before he collapsed. He was brought blinded and unconscious to England, where he succumbed to pneumonia, on October 30th.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).