Cartoon of Bert Hogan by Alec Briererley from the Pakenham Gazette 2/5/1947
Driver Albert William Hogan
St Patrick’s Catholic School Roll of Honour
Born: 1894 - Pakenham, Victoria Enlisted: 23 September 1916 aged 22
Unit: Australian Army Service Corps Reinforcements (SERN: 14434) Served: Western Front
Died: 30 June 1959 - Pakenham, Victoria
Albert William (“Bert”) Hogan was born in Pakenham in 1894, the son of Charles and Margaret Hogan. In the late 1890s, Charles Hogan was the licensee of the Gembrook Hotel, located where the Pakenham Hotel now stands. The family later moved to a property on the Toomuc Valley Rd. As a child, Bert attended St Patrick’s Catholic School. Later, Bert and his parents moved to Hawthorn, where he enlisted for service in September 1916. Prior to enlisting, Bert was working as a motor driver. During the War, he served as a driver with the 14th Company, Australian Army Service Corps (AASC) on the Western Front. This most probably involved handling horses rather than motor vehicles. Bert’s war service was remembered on the St Patrick’s Catholic School Roll of Honour unveiled in April 1918.
After the War, Bert became a real estate agent in the Hawthorn / Glen Iris area. He never married. After his brother Harold Hogan died in the 1940s, Bert returned to Pakenham, where he took over his real estate business. Bert eventually sold this to Noel Webster. Bert was known locally as a generous benefactor of good causes (2), including serving as patron of the Pakenham Football Club (3). The late Kevin Clarke remembered that in later life, Bert lived at the Pakenham Hotel (4). Bert died suddenly of a stroke in June 1959 aged 65. The Pakenham Gazette described him as one of Pakenham’s “oldest and most esteemed residents” and as a “gentleman in the fullest sense of the word - a man who delighted to do good to others; who forbore at all time[s] doing ill towards any” (4).
The assistance of the late Kevin Clarke is gratefully acknowledged.
(1) NAA B2455, HOGAN, A W
(2) & (5) PG 3/7/1959, p. 10
(3) PG 2/5/1947 p. 4
(4) Information provided by the late Kevin Clarke.