Robert was born in Ballarat in 1895 to William Johnston Hogg and Mary Heir.
Robert was a butcher, working in Ballarat when he enlisted in the AIF, 12th Reinforcements, 14th Battalion on the 12th of August 1915, aged almost 20 - his parents' permission having been given. He had previously served in the Senior Cadets and was currently with the Australian Army Medical Corps. He embarked aboard the HMAT A40 Ceramic in late November, disembarking some time later in Egypt.
In March 1916, whilst still in Egypt, Robert was allotted to the newly raised 46th Battalion before embarking from Alexandria, Egypt in June, disembarking at Marseilles, France. The 46th Battalion participated in the Battle of Pozieres, around the end of July, so William was probably involved. In November Robert was promoted to Lance Corporal. He remained with his unit for the duration of the war, getting a month's leave in March 1918 before returning to England in January 1919. Robert embarked for Australia aboard the Warwickshire in April, disembarking in Australia in May and was discharged from the AIF in July.
Robert died in Ballarat in 1982, aged 87.
He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour and the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour. He is also remembered in the Coimadai Avenue of Honour.
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