LOGAN, Robert Bruce

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Prince Albert - Saskatchewan
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Age at Death
24 years 5 months
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:         2nd Canadian Infantry Division
                                             6th Infantry Brigade
                                             28th Battalion  -  North West
                                             Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO:                   73475
DATE OF BIRTH:            January 28, 1892
                                             Hensall – Stanley Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH:           June 6, 1916                         24 years     5 months
MEMORIAL:                    Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial – Ypres –
                                             West Vlaanderen – Belgium
                                             Panels 18-26-28
PARENT:                           Mrs. Catherine Niven Logan – Hensall – Ontario
Occupation:                        Farmer                                  Religion:     Presbyterian
Enlistment:                         October 23, 1914 – Prince Albert - Saskatchewan
Enlistment Age:                 22 years     7 months

Private Logan departed Canada bound for England on the S.S. Northland and arrived in Liverpool in early June 1915. While in England he had qualified as a Bomb Throwerat Otterpool Camp in Kent.
Private Logan had earlier been reported as missing in action. This was not the case, but he had been killed in action near Hooge. When he was last seen he was making for a point that the enemy shelled heavily immediately following that sighting. There is no doubt that this shelling took his life.
Very early on the morning of June 6 the Battalion experienced heavey enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. At 
9 am the enemy began their barrage onto the Brigade front line and support trenches. Then at 3:30 pm he blew four mines under the trenches and during this time the Battalion took casualties from enemy trench mortars and artillery as the enemy attacked all across the front line. The enemy captured parts of the front line trench system. By late afternoon the Battalion strength was down to 50%.
“A” & “B” Companies were the two companies who suffered drastic losses when the enemy blew the four mines. “A” Company was mostly wiped out and “B” suffered extreme losses.
It was during this day of heavy battle where Private Logan lost his life performing his duties. 
Brigade diaries:  In the morning the enemy used his artillery on the front and rear areas of the 28th Battalions position. “A and B” Companies were holding these positions. At 3 pm the enemy exploded mines at these positions, then attacked and occupied the trenches were the two Companies once were. “A” Company was mostly wiped out and “B” Company took grevious losses. Three and a half Companies of the 29th Battalion were rushed forward in support of the 28th Battalion.