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Elmer Daniel Schofield
Sources Veterans Affairs Canada Liberation of North Brabant Photo of Private Schofield: Courtesy of Jason Ormon
Elmer Daniel Schofield Private: F/89654 Lincoln and Welland Regiment, RCIC October 25, 1913 North Alton, Kings Co., NS October 7, 1941 Kentville, Kings Co., NS Port Williams, Kings Co., NS 27 5 feet, 7 inches Fair Blue Sandy Married Farm Labourer Baptist Gladys Bertha Schofield (Wife) Port Williams, Kings Co., NS October 28, 1944 31 Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland Grave 10, Row G, Plot 4 Commemorated on page 438 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 22 Elmer Daniel Schofield was the son of Arthur Schofield and Laura Schofield of North Alton, Kings Co., NS, husband of Gladys Bertha Schofield and father of George Herman Schofield and Frances Marie Schofield. He had one brother and five sisters. His brother, Milford Benjamin Schofield, also served with the Canadian Army during WWII. Having enlisted in Kentville, NS, he completed basic training at Camp 60 (CIBTC) Yarmouth, NS between October 31, 1941 and January 7, 1942. He then completed advanced training at Aldershot, NS. He departed Canada on September 13, 1943 and disembarked in the United Kingdom on September 19, 1943. He joined the Lincoln and Welland Regiment on March 14, 1944. On July 20, 1944 he embarked the United Kingdom on July 20, 1944 and disembarked in France on July 22, 1944. In July 1944, the battalion landed in France as a part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, and continued to fight in North West Europe until the end of the war. On October 25, 1944 the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, had crossed the Dutch border and an attack was made on Wouwsche Plantage. The battle for this town was bitterly fought, against the Herman Goering Division, and was won at a cost of heavy casualties. On October 27 the Canadians were on the outskirts of Bergen-op-Zoom, two infantry companies from the Lincoln and Welland Regiment had moved ahead on tanks to a roadway just south and east of the city. The 711th Infantry Division, the South Alberta Regiment and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, advanced on the town the following day and entered the Grote Market. They then liberated most of the city. The Germans however were still holding the north of the city and so intense fighting across the narrow waterway continued for the next two days. The Germans abandoned the city completely on October 30, though it was not until the first week of November that Bergen-op-Zoom was beyond the range of German guns. Private Schofield was killed in action on October 28, 1944. He was buried at a temporary burial ground in Bergen on October 30, 1944 and reburied in the Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland, on June 6, 1945.