Alderley -World War 1. July 1917.

We will remember them, July 1917    

 

The aim of the Battle of Messines in June, in which the two Alderley Edge men commemorated last month died, was to strengthen the British position in the south of the Ypres salient.  This was intended as a prelude to an attack on the high ground to the north east of the salient.  This, the Third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as the Battle of Passchendaele, began on 31st July.  Meanwhile trench warfare continued on the salient as it had since late 1914 and it was in this that Lance-Corporal Harold Schofield, 7th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on 20th July.

  The only son of James Schofield, a policeman, and his wife Harriet, of 5 Clifton Street, he was 25 years old.  Harold was a clerk in the Inland Revenue in 1911, but then went to work for James Walkden & Co., general merchants in Manchester trading with West Africa. 

He spent two years in West Africa before returning to England in October 1915 and marrying Lily Heron from County Durham.  He enlisted 3 months after marrying.  He is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

 

If you know of Alderley Edge men who served in the war and returned please let us know.

Lance -Corporal Harold Schofield, commemorated on the Menin Gate

Revd Jane Parry and Michael Scaife laying a wreath   at the daily service at the Menin Gate during our pilgrimage to Flanders Fields May 2015.


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