Spooner, Joseph: Service no. 53878

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Digitized Service Record

Son of Joseph Spooner, of Bury St. Edmund’s, England; husband of Alice S. Spooner, of 4, Jarvis St., Galt, Ontario.

Genealogy Information

JOSEPH SPOONER (JOSEPH) was born 22 May 1867 in 24 Union Tenace, Bury Saint Edmonds, County of Suffolk, England, and died 14 Nov 1915. He married ALICE SOPHIA FRANKS Abt. 1886, daughter of EDWARD FRANKS and SARAH STARK. She was born Oct 1866 in 2 Harltey Street, Bethnal Green, County of Middlesex, England, and died 25 Mar 1945 in London, Ontario Canada.


Lance Serjeant Joseph Spooner was killed in action at Dickie Bush Belgium during WW1, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment) 18th Battalion. Former service 29th Regiment one year, 7 years as a field artillery driver. Enlisted on the 27 Oct. 1914 the Attestation Paper indicates he gave a birth date of 22 May 1870 making him 44 years old. His entry of birth shows a date of 1867 and 47 years old. It would seem he used the 1870 date of birth to appear younger. At 47 years old he’s possibly too old to serve.

His son, Wilbert “Bert” Spooner, who later served in World War 2, was born November 05, 1905 and his father Joseph was to die on that exact day 10 years later.

Source: Page 126, The City of Cambridge Honours Our Veterans.

Information below quoted from above source:

Galt Daily Reporter

Cablegram received Sat. “Father died yesterday, letter following” from Son W. Spooner Platoon Sergeant with the 18th Battalion, C.E.F (Canadian Expeditionary Force). somewhere in Belgium; Previously had reported in excellent health in letters sent home; Mrs Spooner suspected her husband died from pleurisy as he was prone to this disease, and the dampness of the trenches and the rainy weather might have caused it; Cablegram came from Hagenbrouck, Belgium, November 20, 1915 at 8 a.m.; death must have occured last Friday; Son W. Spooner is serving with the 16th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery; recently promoted to Platoon Sergeant; surprised he had maintained good health (in a letter); in his 48th year; born in Bury Street, Edmunds, Cambridge, England; enlistment with the 18th Battalion; belonged to the Royal Engineers in London (England), but never served; left London, England 11 years ago this month (Nov) for Galt arriving on December 1; Occupation – various lately real estate; Candidate for city council twice but defeated; Worshipful Master of the Loyal Orange Lodge, 478; Member of the Loyal True Blue Lodge; Honorary member of the Sons of England Athletic organization; Member of the Galt Cricket Club being on the championship team of 1913; Former member of Trinity (Anglican) church and the choir, became a member of Knox (Presbyterian) church choir and received a wrist watch before his departure; Survived by his widow and 11 of his family – Joseph, Lowrey Ave, George, Bond St, Mrs Miller, Needham Heights, Massachusetts; William with the 16th Battery, CFA in Belgium, May, Margaret, Florence, Arthur, Edward, James and Wilbert all at home; Family still waiting for official report and details; one brother and one brother-in-law killed in action, Five brothers serving (Galt Daily Reporter November 22, 1915 pg 1)

Galt 18th Man Dies in Belgium London Advertiser November 23 1915 Page 9
London Advertiser. November 23, 1915. Page 9.



Honor Roll Trinity Church Galt
Honor Roll Trinity Church Galt

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