Monday, July 9, 2012

Rifleman Charles Schonewald 4525

There was only one possibility for Charles Schonewald on the CWGC database and on census records.

I haven't found a record for Charles's birth yet, the year and place that I have given below are taken from census returns.

Charles Schonewald was born in 1894 in Liverpool.
At the time of the 1901 census he was aged 7 and living with his parents and siblings. 

At the time of the 1911 census he was 17, living with his parents and working as a railway clerk.

Charles Schonewald's medal card shows that he was a private in the 9th Battalion London Regiment with the regimental number 4525. He earned the Victory and British War medals. The fact that the card lacks a 'date of entry' and Charles was not entitled to a 1914 or 1914-1915 star means that he did not serve overseas until after January 1916, after his younger brother had been killed.

His entry in UK Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 has the following information. It shows that Charles was killed in action on 1st October 1916.
Charles Schonewald
Birth Place:
Death Date:
1 Oct 1916
Death Location:
France & Flanders
Enlistment Location:
London Regiment
9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victorias Rifles)
Type of Casualty:
Killed in action
Theatre of War:
Western European Theatre

The following notices were printed in the Liverpool Echo:

Charles' entry on the CWGC database shows the names and address of his parents and that he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.

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