Abel Helliwell Schofield (c.1887-1915)

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Abel Helliwell Schofield

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SCHOFIELD, ABEL HELLIWELL. Private. No 14241. 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Netherthong. Son of John Frederick and Jane Schofield of Out Lane, Netherthong. Was a member of the Working Men's Club. Had been the organ blower at the Parish Church for several years and, as a boy, a regular attender at Sunday School. Employed in the scouring department of Messrs A. Thornton and Son at Honley. Enlisted October 1914. Sailed from Liverpool on SS Aquitania on 3.7.1915 for the Dardenelles. Landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, on 6.8.1915. Killed by a sniper on 30.10.1915, aged 28 years. Buried HILL 10 CEMETERY, SUVLA, GALLIPOLI. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row G, Grave 6.
His parents received a letter from Private Allen Brown, who was the first man to go to the aid of their son. He wrote, 'I am sorry to have to inform you of the death of Private Abel Schofield who was shot through the head this morning by a Turkish sniper. Abel had only come out of the hospital yesterday with a wound in the hand, caused accidentally by a pick, and was going on duty trench repairing when he was hit in a trench called by us Green Lane. As a personal friend and as a regimental stretcher-bearer I went out to find him unconscious in which state he remained until his death, though the Medical Officer did all in his power to save his life. It was useless and the only consolation left is that he did his duty. I handed his personal effects to the Commanding Officer who asked me to express his deepest sympathy with you on behalf of the men of the Battalion and as a friend I can only add mine.'
ROH:- Netherthong and Thongsbridge War Memorial; Netherthong Working Men's Club.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission