LOGAN, Edwin Bruce Dunlop
(Service number 68356)

Aliases Known as Bruce
First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 29 April 1891 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date 12 October 1917 Age 26 years
Address at Enlistment Geraldine
Occupation Grocer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Elizabeth Edith LOGAN (mother), Geraldine
Religion Methodist
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Last Unit Served With Canteen Staff

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Date 12 December 1918 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 23 November 1967 Age 76 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru
Memorial Reference Garden No. 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Edwin Bruce Dunlop Logan, known as Bruce, was born on 29 April 1891 at Geraldine, the older son of Edwin Henry and Elizabeth Edith (née Maslin) Logan. His parents had married at Geraldine in 1888. He was educated at the Geraldine School. There in February 1899 he was awarded first prize for excellence in drill (juniors). At the Geraldine Public School’s annual concert in December 1900, Bruce Logan “gave a humourous recitation called “The Boy’s Complaint,” which took very well, judging by the applause which followed this item.” He took part in a dialogue “Out for a Holiday” at the Geraldine Band of Hope entertainment in September 1903. In August 1904, Bruce and his sister Ina opened the programme with a pianoforte duet from the “Pirates of Penzance”.

Edwin [Ediom – sic] Bruce Dunlop Logan, grocer, Geraldine, was called up from the First Division of Reservists at the beginning of October 1917. He had been examined for service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in November 1916 at Geraldine and found unfit. E. B. D. Logan was among the South Canterbury men who had been passed by the Medical Board as C.l (fit for service after a period of special training), and were ordered into camp. They left by the north-bound express on 19 November 1917. Logan was one who left from Temuka, where they were entertained to afternoon tea at Teesdale's Rooms by the Temuka Patriotic Entertainment Committee and short speeches were delivered. As the men left on the express cheers were given for them. Private Logan named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Elizabeth Edith Logan, Geraldine.

“The removal of Mr Bruce Logan was another change, he having entered the service of his king and country at Tauherenikau. He had been connected with the school since his childhood, and his place as secretary, teacher, and organist would be hard to fill.” (Geraldine Methodist Church annual report, February 1918.) Years later Bruce Logan was presiding at the Geraldine Methodist Church organ.

On 26 September 1918, while with the Canteen Staff, Corporal E. B. D. Logan was admitted to Featherston Hospital, suffering from influenza. Fortunately he survived to return home, marry and live into his 70s. Edwin married Mavis Lillian Sherratt in 1934 at the Geraldine Methodist Church. A reception was held in the Methodist Hall. The following year, Mr E. B. D. Logan, a new candidate but following in his father’s footsteps, headed the poll for the Geraldine Borough Council election.

He died on 23 November 1967 at Timaru. He was cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium and his ashes interred in the garden there. His younger brother, Kenneth Ewart Gladstone Logan, also enlisted for service in World War One.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [27 October 2021]; Temuka Leader, 25 February 1899, 15 December 1900, 15 September 1903, 2 August 1904, 28 February 1918, Timaru Herald, 2 October 1917, 20 November 1917, 8 February 1934, Press, 2 October 1917 (Papers Past) [22 & 29 October 2021]; Salisbury Park Crematorium record & plaque image [27 October 2021]

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