Fam­ily re­mem­ber hero Al­bert on an­niver­sary

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

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.”

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