Henry Ogle's signature 1917
 It's the same Henry Ogle. His journals mention his time at the Liverpool Merchants Mobile Hospital at Etaples, the setting for this sketchbook.   I learnt that he was born in Australia in 1890 but was sent to England as a 4 year old after his father died, to be raised by an uncle. He enlisted not long after war was declared.  His journals show him as a sensitive, warm and likeable young man who made friends easily. There is no anger or bitterness in his journals. He saw his German counterparts as brave men doing their job. He himself was brave, awarded the Military Cross. One of his few complaints about the war was that when he received his Military Cross it had no name on it.   'I found that the Cross was not engraved as I expected it to be, with name, rank and regiment.  There was nothing on it to show I had any right to it. All my other medals are engraved. And so, like a proper soldier, I end this narrative with a grouse.'   . . . . .  His journals tell the story of his time at the hospital.  He didn't want to be there. He felt a fraud. He'd injured his knee during officer training in England, and exacerbated the injury on his way to Passchendaele. The swelling was such that he couldn't get his breeches over the knee and he was sent to the Liverpool Merchants Mobile Hospital (LMMH) at Etaples for treatment.   It was a hard time for him, being among the genuine war-wounded.   'While I was recovering . . . there was being fought the slimiest and bloodiest battle in the history of the British Army.  I escaped it but, with first hand knowledge . . . could form some picture in my mind of Passchendaele.'
front cover
inside cover
Ogle's light-hearted sketch (page 1)
Ever welcome at my place
Francis Robert Boyd Haward
The Only Way
The Major
An Anzac's Dream
St Servan
helmets at the back of the book
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