Lance Corporal John Wilson Logan


John Wilson Logan was born on 4 February 1893 at Albert Road, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, the second of four children of National School teacher Robert Logan and his English-born wife Harriet Frances (nee Traylen). By 1911 he was living with his parents, two siblings and grandmother at 44 Albert Road Carrickfergus and working as a wholesale drapery apprentice. The family later moved to 9 Castleton Gardens, off Antrim Road, Belfast,

Logan enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 2 June 1915 (No.1652). In 1916 or 1917 he embarked for France, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st or 2nd North Irish Horse Regiments (probably the latter).

In September 1917 the 2nd NIH Regiment was disbanded and most of its men, together with some surplus to the needs of the 1st Regiment, were transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. Like most of the men, Logan was transferred on 20 September. He was posted to C Company and issued a new regimental number – 41308. He may have seen action with the battalion at the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917.

Logan was listed as missing following the retreat from St Quentin from 21 to 28 March 1918. He may have been one of the many of the battalion captured in that period, but this is not known for certain.


Logan's two brothers also served during the war – Henry Langford Logan in the North Irish Horse and as an officer in the London Regiment, and James Francis Logan as a sergeant in the 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.