Mortimer Patrick BogertDSO was born at Toronto and after being educated in Montreal and Ottawa he became a cadet at the Royal Military College, Kingston ON. He graduated in 1930 and was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Regiment.
He arrived in England in December 1939 and in 1940 graduated from the War Staff Course. Upon graduation he was appointed brigade major with the 3rd Infantry Brigade.
On July 22nd 1942, Lt. Colonel Pat Bogert took over command of the West Nova Scotia Regiment and spent the day in an inspection of the regiment and in personal talks with officers and NCOs. A Canadian veteran of fighting in Libya, he quickly won the esteem and confidence of every officer and man and was destined to lead them into battle on fields very far away from any they had contemplated.
Bogert was awarded theDSO during the campaign in Italy. It was on October 9th 1943, while leading his unit at Gildone Italy, that his bravery was rewarded with the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).
The citation reads, in part, as follows;On 9 October 1943, Lieutenant Colonel Bogert, leading his battalion by night during its advance to GILDONE came under heavy machine gun fire while crossing the river south of JELSI. In the face of sustained fire, Lieutenant Colonel Bogert coolly and skillfully directed a flanking movement which dislodged the enemy from their positions. When the enemy withdrew to the hills beyond the river line and occupied prepared positions on commanding ridges, Lieutenant Colonel Bogert, by a quick, accurate appreciation and cool, forceful leadership retained the initiative.
Driving the enemy from their new positions and inflicting many casualties, he led his regiment through a pouring rain to its final objective, over ground which, owing to deep mud rendered movement under fire difficult and hazardous. Lieutenant Colonel Bogertís leadership and skill, his determination and courage, were responsible for the complete success of an operation which enabled flanking battalions to maintain a rapid advance.
After being wounded in December 1943, Bogert learned that he had been promoted to Colonel and posted to Canadian Headquarters in London. Bogert later distinguished himself during the campaign in Northwest Europe. He remained in the army after WW2 and held various senior positions.His final appointment before he retired was as General Officer Commanding, Eastern Command with the rank of major general. His wife Trudy was with him when he visited New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 1996.