Pte Edmund Ernest Clifford Schofield

1/10th The Kings (Liverpool) Regiment

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Edmund Ernest Clifford Schofield was born in Ecclesall Bierlow near Sheffield on the 27th March 1896. He was the eldest child of William Moulson Schofield and his wife Susannah Hardy. William worked as a printer in Sheffield but was given the

job of General Manager of a printing and stationery company in Liverpool in 1897. The family moved to Wallasey, Cheshire that year and he and Susannah went on to have three more children.

Clifford was working as an architect’s apprentice in 1914 but attested on the 10th November 1914. Private Schofield was given the regimental number 4050. After initially being posted to ‘C’ Company in the 2nd Battalion he went overseas with the second reinforcement draft from Southampton on the 12th February 1915 in the S.S. Klephorn. On arrival with the 1/10th battalion he was posted to 11 Platoon in ‘Y’ Company.

After being hospitalised between the 26th May 1915 and the 6th June 1915 he was posted as missing in action on the 16th June 1915. Company Quartermaster Sergeant, R.A. Scott Macfie, described the aftermath at camp in a letter to his father:

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...after a while there passed through our gate a handful of men in tattered uniforms, their faces blackened and unshaved, their clothes stained red with blood, or yellow with the fumes of lyddite. I shouted for Y Company. One man came forward! It was heart breaking. Gradually others tottered in; some wounded, in various stages of exhaustion...

Like so many thousands of others he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate.

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