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Rank Reg/Ser No DOB Enlisted Discharge/Death Board
Sgt 1783 30y6m 17/7/15 DW 1 & 7

Sergeant James John Logan (1884-1915)

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Family background and early life

James John Logan was born in Brisbane in March 1884, eldest son of Richard Crawford and Margaret (née Inglis). With his two brothers John Inglis and Robert and one sister Margaret, the family lived at Pine Street, Bulimba. Their mother died there on 1 February 1898 and their father died on 1 December 1912 at Coolgardie, Western Australia.  James became a shipping clerk in Brisbane and enlisted for service in the AIF on 10 September 1914, soon after the outbreak of war.

 Enlistment and service

Gunner James John Logan, service number 1783, was assigned to the 8th Company, Australian Army Service Corps which was formed in New South Wales in September 1914 and attached to First Division.  They departed Melbourne on the Ceramic on 22 December 1914 and diverted to England, arriving 15 February 1915.  Renamed 301st Mechanical Transport Company, 17th Divisional Ammunition Park, they embarked on TSS Francesia for the Dardanelles at Alexandria on 14 May 1915.

James Logan received a promotion to the rank of sergeant though the date is not recorded. The 8th Army Service Corps was engaged in battle in the south of the Gallipoli Peninsula in association with British troops.

Killed in Action

There were heavy losses and Sergeant Logan received serious abdominal gunshot wounds while in action on 7 July 1915.  He died the same day on board hospital ship Gascon and was buried at sea, Rev C Mayne officiating.

James’ younger brother, Robert also enlisted and died of wounds received in action. He was buried in Albert Cemetery, France in 1916. Their surviving brother and sister received letters, parcels of personal effects and their war medals during the following months.

Memorials

 J. J. Logan and R. Logan are amongst the names on the honour board at Mapleton Community Hall on the Blackall Range near Nambour.

Within the grounds of the Lone Pine Cemetery is the Lone Pine Memorial that commemorates 4936 Australian and New Zealand servicemen who made the supreme sacrifice in the Anzac area whose graves are not known, or were buried at sea. Sergeant James John Logan is one of these.


Select Bibliography

  • Chambers S, Anzac the Landing, Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2008
  • National Archives of Australia, military records
  • The Queenslander, 4 September 1915, page 9
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • McKernan M, Gallipoli A Short History, Allen & Unwin, 2010
  • Lindsay P, The Spirit of Gallipoli, Hardie Grant Books, 2006

Compiled by Noel Adsett, Brisbane, November 2014 and revised June 2016

 

 

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