Second Lieutenant Henry Langford Logan


Henry (Harry) Langford Logan was born on 28 June 1890 at Albert Road, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, the first of four children of National School teacher Robert Logan and his English-born wife Harriet Frances (nee Traylen). Educated at Joymount National School, Carrickfergus, by 1911 he was living with his parents, two siblings and grandmother at 44 Albert Road Carrickfergus and working as a commercial clerk in the linen business. The family later moved to 9 Castleton Gardens, off Antrim Road, Belfast, Harry working as a linen warehouseman.

Logan enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Belfast on 2 September 1914 (No.1081 – later Corps of Hussars No.71226). He was promoted to lance corporal on 1 November and corporal on 1 December 1914. On 1 May 1915 he embarked for France with D Squadron, which was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 51st Division.

During 1915 or 1916 Logan was attached to 51st Division Headquarters, not returning to D Squadron until 19 January 1917.

On 1 December 1917 Logan applied for a commission in the infantry, with a preference for the Royal Irish Rifles or Royal Irish Fusiliers. He left his regiment for the UK a fortnight later, where he was posted to the 15th Reserve Brigade. On 5 April 1918 he reported for duty at No.7 Officer Cadet Battalion, Fermoy. After a period of training he was assessed as having a good standard of education, military knowledge and power of command and leadership. He "has ability and should make a good officer."

On 25 September 1918 Logan was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and posted to the 18th Battalion, London Regiment. In late 1918 or early 1919 he embarked for France, where he joined the 2/17th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment. He was demobilised on 5 November 1919 and relinquished his commission on 30 September 1921.


Logan's two brothers also served during the war – John Wilson Logan in the North Irish Horse, and James Francis Logan as a sergeant in the 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.