Lennox Gordon Ogg

298550 Private L. G. Ogg, The Royal Scots, 9th September 1943  [there is an error on the stone: Private Ogg’s service number was 2985550]

CWGC:  Private Lennox Gordon Ogg, The Royal Scots, service no. 2985550; d. 9 Sept. 1943.  P 398. Recumbent stone.

Lennox Gordon Ogg was born on 14 August 1918 at 14 East Sciennes Street, Edinburgh, the family’s long-term home.  He was the son of James Ogg (1892-1952) and his wife Catherine Alexina Mackay (1894-1952), who had married in 1914.  James Ogg served as a seaman in the Clyde Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 1915-19, but at other times was variously described as a barman, storekeeper, shop or grocer’s manager, and finally a grocer, while Catherine was working as a book folder when she married.  

Lennox Gordon Ogg married Margaret Beaton in Edinburgh on 16 October 1940.  His marriage certificate describes him as “Wine & Spirit Merchant’s Assistant (Private 11th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders)”, bachelor, aged 22, usual residence: “14 East Sciennes Street, Edinburgh (now engaged in War Service)”.  This is the only time he has been found described as a private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, as opposed to the Royal Scots.

No other record has been found about him until nearly three years later when he was killed in a road accident.  On 9 September 1943 he was cycling in The Square, Fettercairn, when he was run over by a military truck.  He suffered severe crush injuries on the left side of his chest and died shortly afterwards in the nearby Public Hall.  The Register of Corrected Entries attached to his death certificate describes him as age 25, Private No 1 Independent Coy Royal Scots.  It gives his address as 14 East Sciennes Street Edinburgh “but at time of death stationed at Distillery Fettercairn”.