Slain sol­diers to be ad­mit­ted to bar

37 law stu­dents killed in war to be hon­oured posthu­mously cen­tury af­ter dy­ing in bat­tle

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - KEVIN MAIMANN

John Wil­liam Gow Lo­gan was a 29-year-old as­pir­ing lawyer when he was shot dead in France on the last day of the Bat­tle of the Somme in 1916.

His great niece, Les­lie Lavers, got to know him over the years through let­ters, pho­to­graphs and sto­ries passed down in her fam­ily.

When she got a call in­form­ing her Lo­gan would be posthu­mously ad­mit­ted to the bar in Al­berta 102 years af­ter his death, she felt like he had been res­ur­rected.

“I burst into tears,” she said. “It brought him back to life, you know, just for this point in time. There he is, he’s kind of reap­pear­ing af­ter all these years.”

The Law So­ci­ety of Al­berta will ad­mit 37 law stu­dents killed in bat­tle, to the Al­berta bar on Fri­day, to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

Cur­rent law stu­dents and fam­i­lies of fallen sol­diers will be in at­ten­dance.

“It’s tremen­dously mov­ing,” said Lavers, who lives in Leth­bridge.

“I think for the fam­i­lies of

all of these men, it puts them into three di­men­sions again, af­ter they had no op­por­tu­nity to live their lives, get mar­ried, have kids, have their ca­reers. It’s such a poignant thing.”

She said Lo­gan’s death was a tragedy that cast a shadow over her fam­ily. Be­fore he left for the war, his fa­ther said he would not for­give any­one if his son dies be­cause of the in­com­pe­tence

of the se­nior com­mand — which, Lavers said, is ex­actly how Lo­gan ended up dy­ing.

His body was never re­cov­ered.

Lo­gan was raised on a home­stead in south­ern Man­i­toba and was at­tend­ing law school at the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta, in Ed­mon­ton, when he en­listed as a pri­vate with the 50th (Cal­gary) Bat­tal­ion in

May 1915. He was killed in ac­tion in No­vem­ber 1916 while go­ing over the para­pet at Regina Trench in Courcelette.

His name ap­pears on the Vimy Me­mo­rial in Pas-de-Calais, France.

The cer­e­mony will take place Fri­day at 4 p.m. in the Cer­e­mo­nial Court at the Cal­gary Courts Cen­tre.

DE­NIS CHARLET/AFP/GETTY IM­AGES A wall of pho­tos ded­i­cated to First World War ca­su­al­ties from the bat­tles of the Somme in­cludes one of John Wil­liam Gow Lo­gan.

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