We continue today with Canadian genealogy blogger, Patricia Greber’s, challenge to honour our military ancestors during the days leading up to Remembrance Day.
To read our post from Day One of the #MyMilitaryAncestor challenge,
please click HERE.
Honouring Our Military Ancestors Challenge – Day Two
War was a family affair
Sergeant Launcelot Gange Spooner was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1898, just three years after his parents, Francis and Clara (nèe Gange), emigrated from England. Father and son enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on the same day in 1916. Launcelot served with the Seaforth Highlanders and probably saw action at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.
It would have been with great jubilation that Launcelot and his father greeted the news of the Armistice in November 1918. However, the war was not over for either of them.
The day after the signing of the Armistice, Launcelot received shrapnel wounds to his leg and was admitted to No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station (CCCS). His father was wounded at the same time. Both needed anti-tetanus serum — the father received it at the dressing station, but his son did not. The No. 1 CCCS had no ATS left and, in spite of heroic efforts to obtain the serum, it arrived too late to save Launcelot. He died on 15 November and was buried in the British Military Cemetery at Auberchicourt. Hopefully his father was with him when he died.
Francis returned to Canada and died in British Columbia in 1967.
This brief biography is an extract from one of 300 written by volunteers for the British Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), which maintains a database on the 879 soldiers who died at the No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. Canada’s casualty clearing stations, located within a few miles of the Front, were one of the most important links within the Canadian Army Medical Corps for the treatment of Allied wounded soldiers during WWI.
For more information about Canada’s No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station or to start searching this database, please click on THIS LINK.
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