Service Numbers: 259, 423
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, at Morphettville
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Caulfield, Victoria, Australia, 1885
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Berwick War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 259, 10th Infantry Battalion, at Morphettville
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Driver, SN 259, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Driver, SN 259, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
9 Feb 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Light Horse Regiment
2 Aug 1915: Involvement Trooper, SN 423, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Glenunga International High School

James Ogilvy is presumed to be born in 1885 in Caulfield, Melbourne, Vic, Australia. He worked as a station hand, where he earned 5 shillings per day. He had two brothers as well. The man was Presbyterian and before he the war he lived at Muller’s hotel, Argent street, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.

James Ogilvy enlisted into the army on the 24th of August of 1914 and started receiving 5 shillings per day for his service. He was single so part of his pay didn’t go to a partner. He embarked on the 20th of October of 1914 aboard HMAT A11 Ascanius from Adelaide to Egypt. James Ogilvy was at the rank of trooper and was part of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment unit. After the training in Egypt, the 2nd Light Horse Regiment travelled to Gallipoli to fight the Ottomans. Gallipoli was hot reaching up to 40 degrees, during the winter it was cold, it would rain and snow. The conditions were harsh. Resources were scarce, water was rationed, their diet consisted of bully beef, hard biscuits, jam and tea. In the field there was a lack of sanitation and disease outbreaks were common. Whilst fighting on the front in Gallipoli, James died in action on the 2nd of August 1915. 

James Ogilvy did not survive the war and was buried at Shrapnel Valley cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. His brothers however both survived the war and returned to Australia.