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Remembering our Forgotten Heroes 1914-18

Edward Townsend Logan

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Edward T. Logan Son of Edward Logan & Emily Townshend
November 6th 1865 at Valparaiso, Chile
Westminster School, and described as a Copper Merchant.
Cheshire Regiment 3rd Battalion. Commanding 15th Battalion of Durham Light Infantry
DSO Distinguished Service Order Medal & twice mentioned in dispatches
Medal Ref; WO 372/12/124978
Killed in action at Sailley, Labourse at Loos in France, on September 26th 1915 age 49, as was his younger brother.
Panel 49/50 Loos memorial Loos - en - Gohelle Pas de Calais
Also on the Christleton War Memorial, St James’ Church Memorial, has a Memorial Plaque in the Lady Chapel at St James’, a
Memorial Window at Chester Cathedral, on the War Memorial at Upton by Chester.

A memorial Service was held in the Cheshire Regiment Chapel at Chester Cathedral, and at St James’ Church Christleton on 15/11/1915
Obituary; Cheshire Observer 16th October, 1915

Edward Logan was a product of the Empire. His father had been a prosperous merchant, dealing mainly with South America. Indeed Edward was born on Valparaiso on 6th November 1865. Educated at Westminster School he joined the Cheshire’s in 1888. He served later on the Boer war before leaving the army to join the South African Constabulary. Coming back to Britain he married Hilda Emma Frances Johnson on 22nd January 1906 at Rossett. He was awarded the DSO on 24th March 1901.

Rejoining the army he was the commanding officer of the 3rd battalion of the Cheshires at Birkenhead at the outbreak of the war. However he was quickly posted to a new unit, the 15th Durham Light Infantry before being sent to France and the Battle of Loos. At the time of his death he was living at 21 King Street in Chester*. His wife Hilda (1866-1954) organised support for the Cheshire Regiment throughout the war from the people of Christleton. Her address is given as Christleton Bank, Whitchurch Road.

*The 1911 Census reveals that Edward and Frances were living at Christleton Bank (now the Abbotts Well Hotel). They were both 45years of age. He is described as a Major in the Cheshire Regiment and British by parentage.

They employed four servants; Jane Evans 26 a ladies maid from Caernarvon, Dora Price 20 a cook from Rhosmore near Halkyn Mountain, Agnes Jane Higginson 30 a housemaid from Rowton, and Elizabeth Randles 24 a scullery maid from Rossett. Christleton Bank had twenty rooms.

Chester Cathedral Window

Upton by Chester War Memorial

Memorial in the Lady Chapel at St.James'

Upton by Chester War Memorial

Christleton War Memorial

Report in the Cheshire Observer October 1915
Lt Col E T Logan DSO Cheshire Regt. Memorial Service at Chester Cathedral

A service was held in the Military Chapel at Chester Cathedral and a large attendance of officers, warrant officers, NCO’s and men of the County Regiment with which the Col. Had rendered such yeoman service as well as his own Battalion, the 3rd, striking testimony to the high esteem and warm regard in which he was held. Khaki was the predominant colour among the congregation, and many men who have withstood the enemy’s withering fire, but who were not mortally wounded attended, to pay respect to one who was a fearless leader in the field, as well as a master organiser at home. It was particularly appropriate that the service was held in Cheshire Regimental Chapel with its sacred associations and memorials of other fallen heroes, as well as its battered but glorious colours which other generations of Cheshire men had followed.

The troops present include the whole of the Regimental staff, officers & NCO’s from the 3rd Battalion at Birkenhead, with a detachment of 20 NCO’s & 30men, the majority of whom had seen service at the front.

A memorial service was also held at St James’ Christleton;
Among the village mourners were;
Mrs Cullimore, Mrs Sidebottom, Mr Sidebottom jnr, Mr and Mrs Heywood, Mr J W Macfie (Rowton Hall) Mr Radcliff and Mr and Mrs Porritt, Mrs R R Salmon, Miss Day and Miss N Day, Mr Thomas Johnson, Mr R Plant, Mrs Bevan, Mrs Millwood, the Misses Griffiths, Miss Mosford, Miss V Mosford, and the maids from Christleton Bank.
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