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John Spouse

In memory of:

Lieutenant John Spouse

July 21, 1918

Military Service


Age:

46

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Engineers

Division:

7th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

August 8, 1871
Eyemouth, Scotland

Son of William and Sarah Spouse; husband of Margaret Spouse, of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 505 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

III. B. 7.

Location:

Bellacourt is a village in the commune of Riviere, in the Departement of the Pas de Calais, 10 kilometres south-west of Arras. Visitors should take the N25, Arras to Coullens main road, as far as Beaumetz les Loges. Take the D34 to Riviere, fork right onto the D7, still in the direction of Riviere, and then turn left to the cemetery as indicated by the CWGC sign.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of John Spouse– Lieutenant John Spouse, Regimental Number 506134, Canadian Engineers, 7th Battalion.
Born 08 August 1871 in Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scotland to William Spouse & Sarah Gray.
Married Margaret Sturgess 30 March 1899 at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England.
Died 21 July 1918 at 46 years in Arras, France.
Buried in Bellacourt Military Cemetery at Riviere, Pas de Calais, France.
Profession - Schoolmaster;  Principal of the West Hartlepool Pupil Teacher Centre in West Hartlepool, Durham, England from 1898 to 1910;  Principal of George Jay School in Victoria, BC from 1910 to 1912;  Teacher at the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver, BC from 1912 to 1916.
Father of Winifred Spouse 1901-1984 and Frederic Alan Spouse 1905-1996
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  • Grave marker– Bellacourt Military Cemetery in Riviere, Pas de Calais, France.  1918 grave of Lieutenant John Spouse, 7th Battalion CE, Killed in Action 21 July 1918 in Arras.
  • A Loving tribute to my Grandfather– Page 1
  • A Loving tribute to my Grandfather– Page 2
  • A Loving tribute to my Grandfather– Page 3
  • A Loving tribute to my Grandfather– Page 4
  • Photo of Margaret Spouse– Margaret Spouse, nee Sturgess, widow of Lt. John Spouse.  Picture taken at the summit of Mount President in the Canadian Rockies on the occasion of Margaret's 65th birthday.  Alpine Club of Canada, Saturday, 24 July 1937
  • Grave marker (2)– Bellacourt Military Cemetery in Riviere, Pas de Calais, France.  Picture taken by granddaughter Joan McGiveron in 1996;  grave of Lieutenant John Spouse 7th Battalion, Canadian Engineers, Killed in Action 21 July 1918 in Arras, France.
  • Newspaper article– Exactly 90 years after the death of Lt. John Spouse in Arras, France his name was added to the Eyemouth War Memorial in Berwickshire, Scotland on 21 July 2008.  His granddaughter Joan McGiveron from B.C. was on hand for the unveiling.  John Spouse was born 08 August 1871 in Eyemouth to William Spouse and Sarah Gray.
  • Cemetery– Bellacourt Military Cemetery
Riviere, Pas de Calais, France
May 1996
  • Photo of JOHN SPOUSE– Photo courtesy of
Wilf Schofield, England

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