Private Robert Hugh Logan

 

 

Robert Hugh Logan was born on 18 March 1898 in Dunturkey, Ballynure, County Antrim, the last of six children of farmer Hugh Logan and his wife Jane (née Dempsey). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Dunturkey with his parents, three of his four surviving siblings, and a cousin.

Logan enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron in January 1916 (regimental number not known at present – later Corps of Dragoons number 21298), training at the squadron's reserve base at Enniskillen.

The following letter was published in the newspaper Ireland's Saturday Night on 14 April 1917:

No. 2 Troop, 6th S.S. Innis. Dragoons.

Dear Franc – A few Belfast boys serving with the Dragoons would like some kind reader to send us an old melodeon to pass away our spare time. – Yours, etc., Lance-Corporal J. GIBSON, Troopers H. VANCE, R. H. LOGAN, W. MURRAY, W. WALLACE, J. ESLER, W.T. CARSON

(Please forward to Trooper Harry Vance, Castle Barracks, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh).

Later in 1917 or during 1918 he embarked for service overseas. It appears that he was one of at least a dozen men of the Inniskillings reserve squadron who were attached to the 1st King's Edward's Horse Regiment. During 1917 and 1918 this regiment served as corps cavalry in France and Italy.

On 2 December 1919 Logan was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

On 7 July 1924 he married May Beattie. By 1968 they were living at Lesmarwin, 18 Meadowbank Lane, Jordanstown, County Antrim, Robert having retired from his job as a civil servant. He died at home on 27 March that year.

 

Greenisland Methodist Church choir, October 1935, Logan and his wife May identified.

 

 

Logan's brother John also served in the war, in Egypt and France, with the 6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (Nos. 2240 and 240520).

 

Memorial plaque in the Ballynure Methodist Church.

 

First three images sourced from Wikitree website. Last image sourced from Richard T Wallace, The World War One Rolls of Honour in Ballynure Presbyterian Church and Ballynure Methodist Church.

 

This page last updated 21 August 2023.