Bells to ring out for North Shields man

Robert M Hogg
Robert M Hogg

Second Lieutenant Robert Morrison Hogg was the third of three Christ Church, North Shields ringers to die during the First World War and the 100th anniversary of his death will be commemorated on Easter Sunday by the ringing of a quarter peal.

During World War One 41 ringers from bell towers in the area covered by the Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland went to war and never returned home. To recognise their sacrifice it is the intention of the ringers’ association to ring a commemorative quarter peal at the tower where the fallen rang, on the day that they fell.

Second Lieutenant Hogg enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers and went to France in April 1915. He was taken prisoner at Pronie in March 1918 after receiving a gunshot wound to his head. He later succumbed to his wounds at German field hospital VI in Cologne on April 1, 1918. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery.

He was a keen sportsman, playing rugby for Percy Park Rugby Football Club, was a member of Tynemouth Cricket Club and was also one of four members of the North Shields Tyne Cycling Club who fell in the Great War.

His name appears on the WW1 memorial pulpit in Christ Church, the Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Assn. of Church Bell Ringer’s memorial in Newcastle Cathedral, Tynemouth Cricket Club memorial and Percy Park Rugby Club memorial.