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  • Family gravestone of the Spouge family which commemorated Thomas Spouge at Redhill ,Arnold Cemetery.
Photo by Peter Gillings
Person Details
Leicester
He was the son of William Henry and Eliza Ann Sponge and the brother of William Henry and Florence Ann Sponge. In 1911 they lived on Byron Street Daybrokk Nottinghamshire.
He became a member of the Daybrook Baptist Chapel and played football for the Baptist team, He was an accomplished athlete and won many medals and prizes for his prowess as a sprinter. He went to work as a Framework Knitter and was employed by Messrs J and R Morley at their factory in Daybrook Square.
22 Oct 1917
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3065890 - CWGC Website
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Private
Lancashire Fusiliers
In August 1916, he enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery but in December he was transferred to the 18th battalion Lancashire Fusiliers being aged 19 years at this time. He was sent to the Western Front in January 1917, and was twice recognised for his bravery, coolness and efficiency. In one of the bombing expeditions for which he had volunteered, the platoon were all blown to pieces with the exception of himself. He was asked if he could lead another company to the objective and he again volunteered, this time his platoon were successful and completed their bombing work. On the 22nd October 1917, they were in the Ypres Salient to the north east of the town on the plateau which leads up towards the Passchendaele Ridge. The battalion were being relieved and were in the process of coming out of the line when a sniper unhappily found a target for his rifle and Thomas was shot through the temple. It was his last day in the trenches prior to a well earned leave in which he was due to visit his home at Daybrook. Sadly, it was his friend Private Cawthorne (who lived on Edwin Street) and who had served with Thomas for some time, who called to see his parents at Byron Street to tell them of the sacrifice Thomas had made.
Id confirmed by Soldiers' Died Register (mother's name)
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  • Family gravestone of the Spouge family which commemorated Thomas Spouge at Redhill ,Arnold Cemetery.
Photo by Peter Gillings
    Thomas Spouge - Family gravestone of the Spouge family which commemorated Thomas Spouge at Redhill ,Arnold Cemetery. Photo by Peter Gillings
  •  Family gravestone of the Spouge family which commemorated Thomas Spouge at Redhill ,Arnold Cemetery. Photo by Peter Gillings
    Thomas Spouge - Family gravestone of the Spouge family which commemorated Thomas Spouge at Redhill ,Arnold Cemetery. Photo by Peter Gillings
  •  Family gravestone of the Spouge family which commemorated Thomas Spouge at Redhill ,Arnold Cemetery. Photo by Peter Gillings
    Thomas Spouge - Family gravestone of the Spouge family which commemorated Thomas Spouge at Redhill ,Arnold Cemetery. Photo by Peter Gillings
  • photo courtesy of Cliff Housley
    Thomas Spouge - photo courtesy of Cliff Housley