Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthNovember 25, 1892
Place of BirthHawick, Roxburghshire
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMargaret Hogg (mother), Hawick, Scotland
Service Details
Regimental Number474 & 200018
Battalion1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers
ForceBritish Army
BranchBritish Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 7, 1911
Age at Enlistment18
Theatre of ServiceBalkans, Gallipoli and Egypt
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathAugust 10, 1975
Age at Death82
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Hogg, James William

Sergeant James William Hogg served in the British army both before and during the First World War. He was discharged from service in 1917 and two years later he immigrated to Canada.

James was the son of William Hogg and Margaret Robson Laidlaw of Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland. William and Margaret were married in Hawick on Christmas Day 1891. James was born there on 25 November 1892 and he was followed by a daughter, Nellie, about three years later. William was a frame work knitter and sadly he passed away in 1899, at age 33. When the 1901 Scotland census was taken Margaret was living in Hawick and working as a grocer and confectioner. The household included the two children and her sister, Mary Laidlaw, who was a weaver.

According to James’ Legion membership card he enlisted in the British army on 7 February 1911. He would have been 18 years old at the time and he joined the 1/4th (Border) Battalion in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. During his service he was assigned regimental numbers 474 and 200018. The 1/4th (Border) Battalion landed in Gallipoli in June 1915. The troops were evacuated from there in January 1916 then moved to Egypt. James’ medal index card states that his first theatre of war was in the Balkans starting on 4 June 1915. At some point he was wounded and he was discharged from service in July 1917 in Catterick, Yorkshire, England. He was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1914-15 Star.

After the war James immigrated to Canada and by the early 1920s he was living in the Kenora area in northwestern Ontario. He joined the Canadian Legion in 1923 and went on to become a life member of the Kenora branch. He was married in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 4 September 1937. His wife, Alison Anne Hall, was born in Kenora in 1903, the only daughter of Alexander Adam Hall and Agnes Alison Renwick. Her parents were both from Scotland. James and Alison made their home in Kenora and they had two sons, James Jr. and Ian.

In 1943 James started working at the pulp and paper mill in Kenora and he was there until he retired in 1958. In 1962 he served as president of the Kenora Legion branch and in 1972 he was awarded the Legion’s Meritorious Service Medal. He passed away at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on 10 August 1975, at age 82. He was survived by his wife and sons and his sister Nellie (Mrs. John Fisher) in Hawick, Scotland. Alison died in 1999, at age 95. James and Alison are both buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

By Becky Johnson

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