Logan, James Smiley

Logan, James Smiley

Able Seaman

SS Jonathan Holt (Liverpool), Merchant Navy

Died as the result of enemy action on Monday 24 February 1941 (aged 31)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London, England (Panel 59)


Able Seaman James Smiley Logan’s death was reported in the 20 September 1941 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Killed By Enemy Action.  The report indicated that Mrs Hester Logan of 155 Belfast Road, Bangor had been informed that her husband, James Smiley Logan, who had been previously reported as missing, was presumed dead.  James Smiley Logan was born on 14 July 1909 and he was a son of Paul and Fanny Logan (nee Smiley, sometimes Smylie) of Knockagh, Greenisland.  They were married on 6 November 1901 in First Carrickfergus Presbyterian Church.  Paul Logan, a farmer from Carrickfergus, was a son of William Logan, a farmer.  Fanny Smiley from Carrickfergus was a daughter of James Smiley, a farmer.

Paul and Fanny Logan (nee Smiley) had at least eight children:

Martha Isabella (born 6 June 1902 in Lower Woodburn, Carrickfergus)

Sarah Elizabeth (born 3 February 1904 in West Division, Carrickfergus)

Susan (born 15 December 1905 in Knockagh, Carrickfergus; died 13 May 1906)

William Herdman (born 18 March 1907 in West Division, Carrickfergus))

Pauline Frances (born 1 May 1908 in Knockagh, Carrickfergus)

James Smiley (born 14 July 1909 in West Division, Carrickfergus)

John (born 10 June 1911 in Greenisland, Carrickfergus)

Samuel Smiley (born 15 July 1912 in Knockagh, Carrickfergus)

James Smiley Logan was 16 when he went to sea and he served for 12 years with the Ulster Steamship Company.

During the Second World War, Able Seaman James Smiley Logan served aboard the SS Jonathan Holt.  This cargo ship was built in 1938 by Cammell Laird and Company, Birkenhead and was owned by John Holt and Company Ltd., Liverpool.  At 2.12 am on 24 February 1941 the Jonathan Holt and the Mansepool sank southwest of the Faroe Islands after being hit by torpedoes fired by the German submarine U-97.  Able Seaman James Smiley Logan (aged 31) was among more than 50 men aboard the SS Jonathan Holt who were killed and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.