Bates loans family medal to museum

A precious hockey medal with a Cayman Islands connection has been loaned to the National Hockey Museum in the United Kingdom.

Gerald Logan played hockey for England at the London 1908 Olympic Games, scoring three goals in England’s 8-1 win over Ireland in the final. His gold medal has been loaned to The National Hockey Museum by his great-nephew Nigel Bates.

The gold medal was left to Bates by Logan’s wife, Alix, in her will as he was the only member of the family who played hockey.

Bates now lives in Cayman and is the vice-president of Cayman Islands Hockey Club. He played for St Albans Hockey Club and Broxbourne Hockey Club in the UK before moving to Cayman nine years ago.

The medal was brought to the National Hockey Museum recently by Nigel’s parents and the museum was able to show them the team sheets of Logan’s nine appearances for England between 1906-09.

Logan played for South, Surrey and Hampstead Hockey Club. A team photo of the England team of 1906 taken before they played Scotland was shown to the Mr and Mrs Bates.