Law stu­dents killed in WWI called to bar 100 years later

Waterloo Region Record - - Canada & World - LAU­REN KRUGEL

CAL­GARY — John Wil­liam Gow Lo­gan had one course and some ar­ti­cling to com­plete be­fore be­com­ing a lawyer, but his death in the First World War left his dream un­fin­ished.

The son of Man­i­toba home­stead­ers en­listed as a pri­vate in the 50th Bat­tal­ion in 1915 and within months was pro­moted to cor­po­ral. He was killed at the Bat­tle of the Somme in France on Nov. 18, 1916.

Lo­gan is one of 37 aspir­ing lawyers to be posthu­mously ad­mit­ted to the bar in a cer­e­mony Fri­day at the Cal­gary Courts Cen­tre ahead of the 100-year an­niver­sary of the armistice end­ing the con­flict.

Lo­gan’s great-niece Leslie Lavers, along with her daugh­ter and some cousins, planned to be in the cer­e­mo­nial court­room for his bar call.

“It’s a piece of clo­sure,” she said. “It brings him back and it puts him to rest all at the same time.”

Keith Mar­lowe with the Le­gal Ar­chives So­ci­ety of Al­berta said that ev­ery Novem­ber the pro­fes­sion rec­og­nizes mem­bers who died serv­ing.

But when law stu­dents’ names are read, there has al­ways been the caveat that they were “never called.”

“But for the war, all of th­ese stu­dents would have gone on to be­come lawyers and they would have given back to the Al­berta le­gal com­mu­nity,” said Mar­lowe.

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