Hogan, Frank V

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Frank V Hogan

874831, Gunner, 4th Canadian Field Artillery
Died of illness, 1 November 1918, aged 34
Buried at the Great Orme’s Head Cemetery

CWGC registered (Son of Michael Henry and F M Hogan, of “Kincora”, 33, St. Mary’s Rd, Llandudno. Born at Killaloe, Co Clare)


Frank V Hogan was the son of an Irish-born excise officer Michael Henry Hogan and his wife Flora Mary Hogan (née Mills). Frank, the firstborn of the couple’s four sons was born at Swaffham, Norfolk on 30 July 1884. The Census of 1891 records the family living at Watton Road, Swaffham; Frank’s (6) brothers were: George (4), Michael (2) and Eugene (2 months). Ten years later, the family with two servants was living at Newark, Nottinghamshire; whether Frank was working or at school is not recorded. At some time later, Frank emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. A Canadian passenger list for 4 April 1908 records the arrival of the Virginian at Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard which was a Frank Hogan (23) whose ultimate destination was Winnipeg.

On 17 March 1916, Frank Hogan volunteered to join the 184th Overseas Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He gave his address as 536 William Avenue, Winnipeg and named his mother, Mrs M H Hogan of Kincora, St Mary’s Road, Llandudno as his next of kin. His occupation was that of a book-keeper. His regimental number was 874831. The 184th CEF embarked from Halifax on the SS Empress of Britain on October 31, 1916 and on arrival in England was absorbed into the 11th Reserve Battalion. It would appear that Frank received artillery training for his ultimate unit was the 4th Canadian Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Initially founded as the 4th Canadian, it was given a British number, the 131st (Canadian) before it had arrived at Portsmouth in April 1916. It disembarked in France in July 1916 and reverted to the 4th Canadian in January 1917. The war diary records reinforcements arriving in April and October 1917 and Frank may have been in one of these drafts. Frank’s service in France and the circumstances of his return to England are unknown.

Frank V Hogan died on 1 November 1918 aged 34 at No 12 Canadian General Hospital, Bramshott of influenza (5 days) and bronchopneumonia. His body was taken to Llandudno and he was buried at the Great Orme’s Head Cemetery.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Canadian Book of Remembrance

Note. The Commonwealth War Grave Commission record for Frank Hogan incorrectly gives his place of birth as Killaloe, Co Claire, Ireland. Unfortunately, this error has been perpetuated many times. The reference actually refers to Frank’s father Michael Henry Hogan

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