Alick Ogilvie

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Alick Ogilvie
Personal information
Full name Thomas Alexander Ogilvie
Date of birth (1887-01-07)7 January 1887
Place of birth Williamstown, Victoria
Date of death 18 August 1915(1915-08-18) (aged 28)
Place of death Valetta, Malta[1]
Original team(s) Scotch College
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1905 Melbourne 01 0(1)
1908–09 University 27 (20)
Total 28 (21)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1909.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Thomas Alexander "Alick" Ogilvie (7 January 1887 – 18 August 1915) was an Australian rules footballer who played with University and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[2]

Alick Ogilvie was born in Williamstown in 1887, the youngest child of Captain John Ogilvie and Elizabeth Henderson, and the younger brother of Melbourne player Laurie Ogilvie. He was educated at Scotch College where he was captain of the first XVIII in 1904.[3] He then enrolled to study law at the University of Melbourne in 1905, residing in Ormond College. During his first year of study he made single appearance for Melbourne against Geelong during the 1905 VFL season.[4]

When University was admitted to the VFL for the 1908 season, he resumed his VFL football career, making 27 appearances and mostly playing as a forward. He was regarded as one of the team’s leading players and represented Victoria in the 1908 Melbourne Carnival.[5] Having completed his degree, Ogilvie was conditionally admitted to practice law in November 1911, and this admission was subsequently confirmed in November 1912. He commenced his legal practice with Mr W. M. Strong in Rutherglen and Corowa.

In September 1914 Ogilvie enlisted with the 12th Infantry Battalion in Morphettville, South Australia. He departed Melbourne on HMAT Geelong on 17 September 1914 and commenced training at Mena camp in Egypt in early 1915. Whilst in training, he faced a court martial proceeding on 23 February 1915 for not returning to camp on time from granted leave. He noted in his defence that he overstayed his leave by reason of falling asleep whilst in town. Ogilvie was sentenced to reduction to ranks.

The 12th battalion was mobilised and participated in the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. Ogilvie quickly regained rank, being promoted again to corporal, then 2nd lieutenant by 10 July 1915. In August the 12th Battalion contributed two companies to the attack on Lone Pine. It was here that Ogilvie sustained a severe gunshot wound to the right eye on 7 August 1915. Ogilvie’s condition was noted as dangerously ill and on 12 August 1915 he was shipped on the Hospital Transport Dunluce Castle to the Auberge de Baviere hospital in Valetta, Malta. Ogilvie died of his wounds on 18 August 1915 and was buried at Pieta Military Cemetery.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Main, J. & Allen, D., "Ogilvie, Tom", pp.140–141 in Main, J. & Allen, D., Fallen — The Ultimate Heroes: Footballers Who Never Returned From War, Crown Content, (Melbourne), 2002.
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 677. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  3. ^ "Scotch's first VFL/AFL players". Scotch College. 
  4. ^ "FOOTBALL.". The Argus. Victoria, Australia. 19 June 1905. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "FOOTBALL.". The Age. Victoria, Australia. 13 August 1908. p. 8. 
  6. ^ Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour: Thomas Alexander Ogilvie
  7. ^ Cullen, Barbara (2015). Harder than football : league players at war. Richmond, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-9923791-4-8. 

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