World War I and World War II

World War I

Harry Ogbourne, of Wargrave, Berkshire died aged 26 on 20th May 1918 in Flanders from wounds suffered in an enemy air raid. Harry was a member of the 1st Life Guards.

Listing of other Ogbournes/Ogborns/Ogburns who served in the British Army during this war can be viewed on the attached page: British Army

(it is hoped to add details of those serving in The Royal Navy, Merchant Navy & other branches of the Britsh Military in due course. )

World War II

Dr. Hugh Bell Ogburn was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy in World War II and was the Damage Control Officer of the Battleship California in the Pacific Theater involved in Naval engagements with the Imperial Japanese Navy at Iwo Jima and Okinawa and received several combat decorations.

There were many more involvements in the 2 World wars than is reported here, and we would welcome information to add here.

7 thoughts on “World War I and World War II”

    1. Littleberry Ogburn was in Crawford County, Georgia when his daughter, Sarah Ann, married James Johnson in 1838 from whom I am descended

    2. My father, born Orville Ogbourn in Seattle, but later adopting the name Orville Goodwin, was also with Merrill’s Marauders. Some years back, I was watching a special on TV about them, when my wife suddenly remarked, what are you doing on there, and sure enough, my dad popped out of the line of troops as they climbed through the jungle and walked past the camera. I looked just like him.

      1. Thanks for your interesting information, as you’ll know Merrill’s Marauders was made into a film, and Mr Charlton Ogburn’s 1956 account of Merrill’s Marauders was published, in which Ogburn served during the 600-mile campaign through Burma in 1944.

    3. Henry Arthur Langley Ogbourne served in WWII

      I will try and find out more details, more than happy to send a picture of my grandad in uniform.

  1. I am the Great Grandson of Hugh Bell Ogburn, he also fought at Guadalcanal during WWII. He had a son Gary Ogburn and a daughter Vicki Ogburn

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Focusing on the history of the name of Ogbourne, Ogborn, Ogburn and other variants, including the early form of Ocheburne & Okebourne