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  • “I reckon the Turk respects us, as we respect the Turk, Abdul’s a good, clean fighter – we’ve fought him, and we know – and we’ve left a letter behind us to tell him we found him so”

    Oliver Hogue
  • Author:
    Oliver Hogue, extract from the poem, ‘Anzac’ by ‘Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles’, London, 1916.

    Oliver Hogue (1880-1919) was a journalist and soldier who enlisted in the AIF in September 1914. Hogue served in Gallipoli as an officer with the 6th Light Horse Regiment and gained recognition as a loyal and dedicated front-line trooper. He regularly wrote letters to family and to the Sydney Morning Herald under the pseudonym “Trooper Bluegum” – honestly detailing the events of the Gallipoli campaign, depicting the ‘happy-go-lucky spirit of the Australians, their indifference to danger, and laughter when in difficulties or in pain’ (Mitchell, 1983).

    Image A02353, courtesy of AWM. 

    Sources and further reading:

    Elyne Mitchell, ‘Hogue, Oliver (1880–1919)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, (Australian National University, 1983)
    Henry Gullett, 1878-1940 The A.I.F. in Sinai and Palestine (Syd, 1935)
    C. E. W. Bean, The Story of Anzac, vol 2 (1924) J. R. Hall, The Desert Hath Pearls (Melbourne, 1975)
    G. F. and E. M. Langley, Sand, Sweat and Camels (Kilmore, Vic, 1976)
    Hogue letters (Australian War Memorial)