Service number 63211
Died: December 25th 1941
Edward was the only son of Ernest Edward Scholefield and his wife Mary Olive Perks. He was born at Heathfield, Chudleigh, Devon in the summer of 1908. He had an older sister. His father died in 1919 leaving £21,351-3-7. His mother lived at Elms Hall, Colne Engaine. Essex
Edward Matriculated in 1927. He graduated with a 2nd in Jurispudence in 1929 and became a Solicitor.
He was a Flying Officer with 612 Squadron when he went missing on Christmas Day 1941. The Squadron had, recently, moved from Wick to Reykjavik.
The Halstead & Colne Valley Gazette reported on January 16th 1942 that he was missing and that “he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in May last year and was an Intelligence Officer attached to Coastal Command.” The following month, the Colne Engaine Parish Magazine made the same report.
He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 30.
He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at St, Andrew’s Church, Colne Engaine, Essex.
In October 1947, the Colne Engaine Parish Magazine announced
September 8th – Dorothy Mary Cotterill Branson. We would convey to Mrs Scholefield our sincere sympathy in her loss, losing now her only daughter, after the loss of her only son in the war. We trust that God will give her strength
And in September 1949
The Late Miss Perks – We convey to Mrs Scholefield our deep sympathy in her further loss. She has suffered greatly, and we much admire her bravery, her fortitude and her faith.
Miss Perks was one of the old generation of school teachers, (she was head of a girls school in N. Foreland) who take such a great personal interest in their pupils and never spare themselves.
She had a great fund of humour, and was well liked and respected by her circle of friends.
Mrs Scholefield died in October 1968.
With thanks to the Colne Engaine Archive web site.