Hogg, Lt Col Ian Gragam D.S.O. (d 1914)
by Christopher Horne


(died 1st September 1914)

Ian Hogg left Eton for Sandhurst in July 1892. Out of Sandhurst he passed into the Royal Rifle Corps, but in less than a month he was transferred into the Cavalry. At the Cape his work in the Field Intelligence Department prepared him for eight successive campaigns in Nigeria, of the last four of which he was in command. Here he earned the most distinguished record of any officers who served in West Africa. For this excellent work he was awarded the DSO; he also obtained a Brevet. He played polo for his regiment.

It will also be remembered that he was summoned to the War Office during the Ulster crisis.

He met his death while commanding the rear guard, falling back to Villers Cotterets; they had reached a little village called Haramont when he received fatal wounds. His second in command writes “He exposed himself most recklessly in and in spite of the protests of his staff insisted on being the last tp leave. Actually when he was shot he was standing in an open clearing, signalling with his hat for some men to retire. They say that the men to whom he was signalling were probably not his own, but Germans. One man was seen to aim two shots and though two of his officers kept urging him to come back he declined to budge until he was certain all his men were back. The third shot hit him through the lungs.” He was left at Haramount and died from wounds on September 2.

( From The Eton College Chronicle )