Logan, William Edwin (No. 3943)

Logan, William Edwin

Lance Corporal

No. 3943, 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF

Killed in action on Tuesday 6 February 1917 (aged 38)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France

Australian War Memorial (Panel 80)


After Lance Corporal William Edwin Logan (No. 3943) died, it was reported in the Press that he was a son of the late Sergeant Samuel Logan, RIC, Comber.

William Edwin Logan was born on 6 July 1878 in the Police Barracks, Gilford, Co Down and he was a son of Samuel and Mary Logan (nee McKee) who were married on 1 June 1876 in Gilford Presbyterian Church.  Samuel Logan, an RIC constable stationed in Gilford, was a son of John Logan, a farmer.  Mary McKee from Gilford was a daughter of George McKee, a farmer.

Around 1880/1881 Samuel Logan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary and it was reported that, for a time, he was stationed in Comber.  By 1883 Samuel Logan was running a grocery business in Ballyhackamore.

Samuel and Mary Logan had at least seven children:

Florence (born 1 April 1877 in the Police Barracks, Gilford)

William Edwin (born 6 July 1878 in the Police Barracks, Gilford)

George Stanley (born 22 December 1879 in the Police Barracks, Ballybough, Dublin; died of atrophy 28 July 1880 aged seven months)

Mary (born 8 July 1881 in the Police Barracks, Ballybough, Dublin)

Beatrice (born 1 January 1883 in Ballyhackamore)

Ellenor Kent (born 20 April 1884 in Ballyhackamore)

Herbert McKee (born 31 August 1885 in Ballyhackamore; died of marasmus on 1 February 1886 aged 5 months at his grandparent’s home in Skilganaban, County Antrim)

Their mother Mary died of phthisis on 17 January 1886 (aged 38).

Their father Samuel died of an effusion on the brain on 9 May 1889 (aged 53) and, after that, John Logan of Dunturky, County Antrim became guardian of his minor and infant grandchildren.

William Edwin Logan moved to Australia and, prior to the outbreak of the Great War, he worked as a butcher.

William Edwin Logan enlisted in Perth, Western Australia on 24 August 1915 and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 6¼ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair.  He left for Europe from Freemantle on board the Ajana and in October 1916 he was promoted in the field to the rank of Lance Corporal.

Lance Corporal William Edwin Logan (No. 3943) was killed in action by an exploding shell at Gueudecourt on 6 February 1917.  It was reported that his death was instantaneous and that he was buried by his comrades in the trench where he fell.  When Lance Corporal Logan died he was unmarried, both of his parents had died and he had no brothers still living.  Mrs Florence Porter, his eldest sister, then living in Canada, was his next-of-kin and she received his medals.

Lance Corporal William Edwin Logan has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Australian War Memorial and on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.