National Aboriginal Veterans Day, November 8

by Andy Thomson on November 8, 2019


John Spaniel (a variation on the Espagnol/Espaniel spelling of their name) listed his place of birth and address as Pogma, Ontario and his occupation as trapper. He was the son of Louis Espagnol and his second wife Sarah. The family had lived on Lake Pogamasing since the late 1860’s when Louis was appointed as the manager of the Hudson Bay Company post. John was born on April 1, 1889, the same year the HBC closed the post. After Louis’ death in 1907 Sarah continued to live on the island with her children on Lake Pogamasing. John enlisted at Frood, Ontario, a mining town outside of Sudbury, with the 159th O/S Battalion on May 16th, 1916. He went overseas, first to Britain and then to France where he was wounded on Oct. 12, 1918. He later developed appendicitis and was discharged on October 27, 1920.

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John Gauthier February 18, 2021 at 8:07 am

Louis is my great grandfather. I already have the book and I was wondering if you had any other pictures that you didn’t put in your book. Thanks John Gauthier


Andy Thomson February 18, 2021 at 8:28 am

Hi John,
All the photos I have of the Espagnols/Espaniels are in the photo album on my website: See
If you cannot access this album go to my website and look under Louis Espagnol or use this link


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