Clifford Bertram SCHOFIELD
Rank: Private
Number: 139965
Unit: 38th Battalion MACHINE GUN CORPS
Date of Death: 20 - 22 October 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay, Nord, France

Clifford was the son of James and Alice Schofield of 16 Elmfield Road, Davenport, Stockport. He was a keen sportsman, playing cricket for the Stockport Club (and is commemorated on the Club's Memorial at Cale Green). He worked for Naismith and Coutts, a firm of accountants of 3 St James' Square, Manchester. He is also remembered on the memorial at St Georges Church, Heaviley, which suggests he was an active member of one of the local Anglican churches.

Clifford was conscripted into the army in March 1917 and was assigned to the South Wales Borderers for training purposes and was given 45927 as his service number. He will have gone overseas joining one of the Regiment's Battalions on active service, a few months later. At some later point, he was transferred to the machine gunners. The 38th Battalion was formed by amalgamation of other units in the spring of 1918 and this is likely to have been when Clifford joined to "top-up" numbers.

There is some confusion in official records over the date of Clifford's death. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records it as the 20th. The Battalion was indeed in action on this day, supporting an infantry attack in what would later be officially designated as the Battle of the River Selle. However, the Battalion's War Diary, written at the time, makes no mention of any fatalities and notes only that two men were gassed.

Army records published after the War record the date as the following day, the 21st. However, most of the Battalion had been relieved from the action by then and the Diary again only mentions men being wounded.

However, the Diary entry for the 22nd mentions that, whilst most of the troops had been relieved, the gun teams of "B" Company remained in action, east of the River Selle, throughout the 21st and 22nd and that two men were killed. Although it cannot be said for certain, these men are likely to be Clifford and  Private W Taylor who is also buried in the same Cemetery.

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