• Christina Drummond

Second Lieutenant Logan Studley, 1st Battalion, the East Yorkshire Regiment


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant Logan Studley, 1st Battalion, the East Yorkshire Regiment, died from wounds received in action the previous day at Ypres.

The youngest of four sons of Major (Quartermaster) Harry Studley of the Black Watch, he was educated at Madras College, St. Andrew’s, Fife, where he excelled in the classroom and also in the Literary and Debating Society, his intelligence, wit and acting abilities having been highly regarded.

In 1913, while still in school, he enlisted as a private with the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion of the Black Watch. In Janury of 1914 he was released and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment - it was with them that he arrived at Zeebrugge on the 6th of October, 1914, having been promoted to the rank of lance corporal. After Antwerp fell to the Germans on the 10th October, the battalion marched south towards Ypres. A week later, Second Lieutenant Studley received his commission, but did not have the chance to serve with his new unit. The German offensive which became known as the First Battle of Ypres began the following day; Second Lieutenant Studley was grievously wounded on the 24th of October and died the following day.

The Madras College school magazine paid tribute to him: “It is difficult for us to realise the horrors of the war…it is only when we learn of the loss of one we knew and loved that we realise clearly the price that is being paid for victory…That death had claimed one who so recently as last year had been the life and soul of the school, the hero of the playground and the most striking figure in the classroom, seemed past belief. What hero-worship the junior boys lavished on him; and how young he was himself – but a boy still…we felt overwhelmed that such a splendid life should be so suddenly eclipsed…Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”. Second Lieutenant Studley is buried in the Ypres town cemetery, West-Vlaanderen in Belgium, and his name is on the war memorial housed within Ruchill Parish Church, Shakespeare Street, Maryhill, Glasgow.

Logan, from York, was 17 years old.

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