2nd Lieutenant Archibald Ogg

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Archibald Ogg

Archibald Ogg was born in Glasgow on 24 May 1893, the son of Archibald, a postman. He attended the University of Glasgow over a number of years, graduating MA 1919, MBChB 1924, DPH 1927 and MD 1934.

Ogg first attended the University of Glasgow studying towards an Arts degree. In his first year (1912/13) he only took Latin; in his second year (1913/14) he took Logic & Metaphysics, Moral Philosophy and Political Economy; and in his third year (1914/15) took Higher Moral Philosophy, Mathematics and English.

He left the University of Glasgow sometime between May and October 1915 to serve as a private in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and later 2nd Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps. In June 1916, while serving with the Cameronians, he was seriously wounded and lay in no-mans-land for a day and night. His company commander was killed while trying to bring him in, however his platoon sergeant, John Erskine, succeeded in saving him. Erskine was awarded the Victoria Cross for his great bravery.

His student schedule notes that he did not sit exams in his final year, but instead as a student under Military Service he was awarded a degree in accordance with University Senate. He fit the criteria of completing over a half a term in the classes, and the work that he produced satisfied the Professors as to his proficiency and diligence, so he was recommended for a degree. After serving in the War he returned to the University to formally graduate with an ordinary MA on 25 June 1919.

Ogg stayed at the University, starting a Medical degree in 1919. He followed the usual curriculum of Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry in his first year (1919/20); Anatomy and Physiology in his second year (1920/1921); Materia Medica & Therapeutics and Pathology in his third year (1922-23) and Surgery, Clinical Surgery, Practice of Medicine, Clinical Medicine; Midwifery and Medical Jurisprudence & Public Health in his final year (1923/24). He graduated on 20 October 1924.

Ogg returned to the University in the session 1925/26, and was awarded a Diploma in Public Health in 1927. He attended again in the early 1930s to work towards a Doctor of Medicine, and submitted his thesis, titled 'Some aspects of the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis' in 1933, and graduated MD on 21 April 1934.

Ogg worked as a house physician at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and assistant physician at the Glasgow Fever Hospital, before moving to England to take up the post of resident medical officer at the Leicester Isolation Hospital and Sanatorium. He spent a time working in private practice, then worked at the tuberculosis dispensary at Nuneaton, before being appointed tuberculosis officer to the Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Dudley Joint Board for Tuberculosis. Ogg was very highly regarded in his work, by colleagues and patients alike. He was a Fellow of the Society of Medical Officers, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as a member of the British Medical Association.

Archibald Ogg died at home in Wolverhampton on 12 October 1953 following a very short illness.


2nd Lieutenant Archibald Ogg
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Degree: MA 1919; MBChB 1924; DPH 1927; MD 1934
Awards: N/A
Comments: Formerly Private in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
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BMJ 1953; 2:1050; R4/1/11; MED5/2/15; SEN1/1/23 p83-4; R8/5/33/6; R8/5/46/7 R3/1/2; R1/5/3; MED5/4/2


Further info kindly supplied by ancestor of John Erskine

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