Kenora Great War Project

 

Personal Details
Date of BirthJuly 28, 1882
Place of BirthMontreal, Quebec
CountryCanada
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinMrs. Inga Logan (wife), Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingLabourer
ReligionPresbyterian
Service Details
Regimental Number198252 and 217063
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion94th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentNovember 22, 1915
Age at Enlistment33
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathNovember 24, 1963
Age at Death81
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot52E-33-2

Logan, Ebenezer

Private Ebenezer Logan was married and the father of four children when he enlisted in 1915. He served in Canada for nine months and was discharged for medical reasons.

Ebenezer was born on 28 July 1882 in Montreal, Quebec. His parents were James Logan and Catherine (Kate) Cameron. James and Kate were married in Montreal in 1878 and they had three other children: David Cameron (1879), Sarah Milligan (1881) and Maggie Wright (1884). Kate died in August 1886, at age 34, when Ebenezer was four years old. The children were sent to Scotland to live with relatives for a few years. When the 1891 census was taken David and Sarah were living with their great-aunt Elizabeth Milligan in Rothesay, Bute County and Ebenezer and Maggie were in Glasgow with an aunt and uncle, Mary and Robert Wilson.

The children returned to Canada in 1894, arriving in Quebec on 9 July on the SS Sardinian with their destination listed as Montreal. At the time of the 1901 census they were living with their father again and he was employed as a clerk in an office. Ebenezer headed west as a young man and served with the Royal Northwest Mounted Police for several months. By 1910 he had settled in the town of Kenora, in northwestern Ontario, where he was working as a brakeman for the railway. He was married in Kenora on 6 June 1910 to Ingeborg Lund. Ingeborg was born in 1884 in Jämtland, Sweden, the daughter of Johan Gustav Lund and Christina (Kristina) Bergström. She came to Canada with her family around 1905 and settled in the Kenora area.

By the time Ebenezer enlisted he and his wife had four children: sons Charles and James Gustav and daughters Manghild (Amelia) and Jessie. Ebenezer signed up in Kenora on 22 November 1915, joining the 94th Overseas Battalion. He was 34 years old, 5’9′ with red hair and blue eyes. The 94th was based in Port Arthur and the Kenora volunteers were sent there on 25 May 1916 to join the rest of the unit. They were given a huge sendoff when they left the Kenora train station that day. On 9 June they left for Quebec where they spent a short time at Valcartier Camp before heading overseas. Ebenezer had been found fit for overseas service when he had his medical exam in Kenora. Another exam at Valcartier found he had a problem with one of his feet. He was discharged as medically unfit on 25 June and he returned to Kenora.

Less than two weeks later Ebenezer enlisted a second time, having his medical in Winnipeg and signing up at Camp Hughes on 7 July. He joined the 100th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers), which was in training at Camp Hughes. Ebenezer was discharged there on 9 September, due to having deformed toes on both feet. Ingeborg’s brother Lars Bernhard Lund also enlisted in 1916, signing up in Winnipeg with the 197th Battalion (Vikings of Canada) and serving in France with the Canadian Forestry Corps.

Ebenezer and Ingeborg continued to make their home in Kenora and they had three more daughters: Mabel, Ebba and Florence. Several other children died as infants. Ebenezer worked for Maple Leaf Flour Mills and for the Town of Kenora in the Parks and Cemetery Department. He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters, Knox United Church and the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Legion. His son James Gustav served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Ingeborg passed away in Kenora in 1943, at age 59. Ebenezer retired in 1955 and died in St. Joseph’s Hospital on 24 November 1963, at age 81. They are both buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery along with most of their children: Manghild (1908-1993), James Gustav (1910-1962), Jessie (1915-2008), Mabel (1917-2010), Ebba (1919-1989), Florence (1921-1994) and four infant sons and daughters.

By Becky Johnson

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Ebenezer’s second attestation is here: LINK


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