Colonel B D Ogden MC* TD

Commanding Officer - The East Surrey Regiment

Colonel B D OgdenCommanded 5th Bn The East Surrey Regiment from 9th April 1934 to 8th April 1938 and the 9th Battalion from May 1940 to February 1941.

Bernard Donald Ogden enlisted in 1903 in 1st Vol Bn The Middlesex Regiment. In 1914 he joined a TF Bn The Middlesex Regiment and in February 1915 was commissioned in 5th Bn The East Surrey Regiment. He joined the 2/5th Battalion and then was posted to the 8th Battalion in France with whom he served until the Armistice. He was wounded in 1917 and awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. In October 1918 he was awarded a bar to the Military Cross. In 1920 he joined the reformed 5th Battalion and in April 1934 was appointed to command the Battalion. On completion of his tour in April 1938 he was promoted Brevet Colonel and transferred to TARO.
He was recalled and in May 1940 was appointed to raise and command the 9th Battalion. He served with that Battalion in England and Northern Ireland and handed over command in February 1941.

He died on 27th March 1961.

For details of service see the Journal of The East Surrey Regiment Vol I No 4 May 1938 page 275 and Vol V No 2 May 1952 page 55.

For obituary see the Journal of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Vol 1 No 3 May 1961,page 166.


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