Albert Edward Schofield (1893-1918)

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This page is part of a project by David Verguson to research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the Lindley area.

Biography

Albert Edward Schofield was the son of John and Edith Schofield.

Both places where the Schofields lived in 1901 and 1911 have long been demolished. Zion Square and the top end of East Street have been replaced by blocks of flats.

John and Edith Schofield had been married for 24 years by 1911 and had eight children of whom one had died in infancy. John had married Edith in the spring of 1887 and their first child, Joseph William, was born the following year, when the family lived in Longwood. Two years later Beatrice was born, then Annie. Albert followed in 1893 and another son and daughter in 1898 and 1899. Len was born in 1905. By 1901 the family lived in two-roomed house in Zion Square. It is remarkable that only one child died young.

It is difficult to imagine how John and Edith supported so many children. As a spinner and later a "twisting overlooker" his wages could not have been that good.

By 1911 the family had moved along Zion Square to number three, which also had an East Street address, no. 10. It was slightly bigger than the previous house but still had only four rooms, so sleeping arrangements must have been very complex, especially as a mixture of boys and girls grew into adulthood. It's possible that the couple themselves slept downstairs.

The family budget, if not the accommodation, must have improved as the children left school and found work. Joseph and Annie became weavers and Beatrice a twister, probably with her father.

Albert became a wire drawer in the card works along Acre Street and his younger brother Harold became a plumber's apprentice.

By the end of 1914 Beatrice certainly and probably one of the boys was married and had moved out. And Albert had left to join the army.

Albert joined the army in September 1914, probably on or about the 3rd when after a big recruiting drive, many Huddersfield men enlisted, and so went to France in April 1915. He was wounded on one occasion

He died on 22 July 1918 in the fierce fighting by among others, the 62nd (West Riding) Division, to re-take the village of Marfaux on the Marne. There are almost 800 other casualties buried there. He was one of those men from Lindley who survived the longest at the Front.

Albert is remembered in St. Stephen's church and in the Methodist Church a few yards along East Street from where the family lived and which they probably attended. He may be the "Albert Schofield" remembered on the Oakes Baptist Chapel memorial.

Both Harry and Joe Schofield served, and like Albert, were on the Absent Voters' List of 1918; both survived.

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, ALBERT EDWARD. Private. No 268556. 2/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of John and Edith Schofield, 10 East Street, Lindley. Employed as a wire drawer by Messrs Joseph Sykes Brothers, Acre Mills, Lindley. Enlisted September 1914. Wounded on one occasion. Killed in action near Rheims on 22.7.1918, aged 25 years. Buried MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 6, Row I, Grave 8.
ROH:- Huddersfield Drill Hall.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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