Family remember hero Albert on anniversary
MORE than 1,000 servicemen from Macclesfield lost their lives during the First World War.
Among them was Albert Schofield from Bollington, left.
Born in 1893 to parents Walter and Eliza, he trained as a carpenter.
He emigrated to Quebec in May 1913 but by October the next year he was enlisting to do his bit for his country.
He was 21 when he joined up with the 5th company of the 1st Grenadier Guards before transferring to the 23rd battalion of the Canadian Infantry and setting sail for France in February 1915.
By March he had been promoted to corporal and moved to the 3rd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt).
He was shot dead by a sniper on October 7, 1915, and buried at Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery near Ypres. Albert’s ultimate sacrifice will be remembered acutely by his family including his great nephew Andy Brookes-Wilde, from Macclesfield.
Andy, 50, said: “Albert is our family’s First World War hero.
“He left Bollington to start a new life in Canada but was sent back to France to fight and was killed.
“We will be thinking of him during the commemorations.”