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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 04/03/1892 Blackburn, Lancashire. d. 09/04/1918 Givenchy, France.

 

Before joining up, he attended Arnold School in Blackpool. Numerous memorials to his actions during the war can be found in the school's foyer and a plaque commemorating his VC can be found outside the school's memorial hall, inside of which the names of all the fallen old boys can be found.

 

He was 26 years old, and a Temporary second lieutenant in the 2/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 9 April 1918 at Givenchy, France, Second Lieutenant Schofield led a party of nine men against a strong-point and was attacked by about 100 of the enemy, but his skillful use of men and weapons resulted in the taking of 20 prisoners. This officer, having made his party up to ten, then proceeded towards the front line, where he met large numbers of the enemy, on whom his party opened fire. He climbed on the parapet under point-blank machine-gun fire and by his fearless demeanor forced the enemy to surrender. As a result 123 of them, including several officers, were captured. He himself was killed a few minutes later.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: FUSILIERS MUSEUM, BURY, LANCASHIRE.

BURIAL PLACE: VIELLE-CHAPELLE CEMETERY, LACOUTURE, FRANCE.

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John William Schofield VC

Vielle-Chapelle New Military Cemetery

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

PLOT III, ROW C, GRAVE 8.

schofield medal BLACKBURN GOLF CLUB

Blackburn Golf Club

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25th June 1918