Private John Hoggan

Private John William Hoggan, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died in Galashiels Cottage Hospital, aged, 39, from double pneumonia on the 10th March 1919. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Agnes and the late William of 16 Island Street, Galashiels and 41 Wilderhaugh Galashiels and the husband of the late Margaret Hoggan whom he had married in Galashiels in 1902. He had been employed as a vanman when he enlisted in the K.O.S.B. Reserve in August 1914. He volunteered for overseas service and was posted to the 1st Battalion at Gallipoli in July 1915. He later served in Egypt before the Battalion moved to France in March 1916. Here he fell ill and in July 1917 was discharged from the Army as physically unfit. He was living at 128 Galapark Road, Galashiels when he contracted pneumonia. His brother William fell during the War – see above. ( At that time the “Spanish Flu” epidemic was sweeping the World and killed many more than the Great War had done).

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