"Thomas Ogden was born on 30 March 1858 in Manchester and attested for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps at Hythe on 30 December 1873. Posted to the 3rd Battalion, he was appointed a Bandsman on 10 March 1877, and served with the Corps in South Africa from 19 February 1879 until 22 February 1882, taking part in the operations against the Zulus (entitled to South Africa Medal with clasp 1879). He subsequently served with the Rifle Corps in Egypt and the Sudan, from 18 July 1882 until 31 August 1884, and was promoted Corporal on 30 July 1885, and then appointed Band-Corporal on 29 October of that year.
Returning home in December 1891, after five and a half years on garrison duty in Gibraltar, he was awarded his Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 4 June 1892, and was promoted to Band-Sergeant on 8 February 1894. Posted to the 9th Battalion on 18 May 1896, he served as Sergeant-Bugler with the Battalion in South Africa from 13 January 1900 until 9 March 1901, before returning home and taking his discharge on 12 July 1901, after 27 years and 195 days’ service."