7679 WILLIAM LOGAN
10th Bn Scottish Rifles
No Known Grave. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Panels 57 to 59
The 10th battalion was formed at Hamilton in September 1914 and went immediately to train with the 15th Division at Bordon. Then in February they moved to billets in Winchester and in April to Salisbury Plain, Park House and Chisledon. On 10th July 1915 they landed at Boulogne. William Logan, as was common prac- tice at the time, had gone to Scotland in search of work along with his brother Samuel. He was working in Glasgow when war broke out and enlisted there. His mother was by now living by herself at her home in Castle Street. She had been a widow for some time. When William first went to France in July of 1915 it was fairly quiet, but this was not to last. The battle of Loos was about to begin and on 25th September 1915, the first day of the battle, William was wounded. He had been hit in the head by machine-gun fire and was lucky to survive. By November he had recovered well enough to pay a visit home. He returned to his regiment when they were in rest billets at Noeux-les-Mines. Life in the 15th Division now meant moves in and out of the line at the Quarries, Hohenzollern Redoubt and Hulluch, each sector with it’s own peculiar dis- advantages. The wire had to be repaired, defences strengthened, and trenches made habit- able. The least exposure of a head brought an almost instantaneous crack of a rifle bullet. On the 27th of January, the Kaiser’s birthday, it was expected that the German artillery would cele- brate the occasion with a heavy bombardment. As it turned out this was correct and at 4.00pm the bombardment opened. It lasted for an hour. It was during this bombardment that William was killed. He has no known grave and is commem- orated on the Loos Memorial. His brother, Samuel, was reported wounded and missing on the 25th of September, the same day as William was so lucky to escape with his life. As it turned out, Samuel was killed on this day. They were both sons of Mrs Mary Logan, of Castle Street. William was just nineteen years of age.