Schofield, Thomas (No. SS/186)

Schofield, Thomas (Tom)

Able Seaman

SS/186, (RFR/PO/B/2864) HMS Good Hope, Royal Navy

Killed in action on Sunday 1 November 1914 (aged 27)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England (Panel 2)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Bangor Purple Star Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 677

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Able Seaman Tom Schofield was reported in the 27 November 1914 edition of the County Down Spectator.

Tom Schofield was born in Middleton, Lancashire and it was reported that he had 12 years of service in the Royal Navy.

Tom Schofield and Ann (Annie) Lightbody were married on 2 June 1909 in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor and they lived with Annie’s parents in Ballymagee Street and then Castle Street.  Tom Schofield from Ballyvernott, Bangor was a son of James Schofield, an engineer (deceased).  Annie Lightbody from 105 Ballymagee Street, Bangor was a daughter of William John Lightbody, a labourer.

Tom Schofield worked as a labourer in Bangor Gas Works and he and Annie had at least two children:

Albert (born 18 September 1909 at 105 Ballymagee Street, Bangor)

Thomas (born 15 August 1912 in Castle Street, Bangor)

Tom Schofield was a member of Bangor Men’s Reading and Recreation Rooms and, being on the Naval Reserve, he was called up at the outbreak of war.

Able Seaman Tom Schofield served aboard HMS Good Hope (a Drake-class armoured cruiser built in 1901 by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Govan) which sank on 1 November 1914 along with HMS Monmouth during the Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile.  These two ships were sunk by the German armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau under Admiral Maximillian von Spee.  The entire complement of 900 officers and ratings aboard HMS Good Hope was lost.

Able Seaman Tom Schofield’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on a subsidiary plaque on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Bangor Purple Star LOL No. 677.