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Rifleman Henry Schonewald was an English soldier of the British Army who died during the First World War

He was born in 1896, in Liverpool, the son of German-born Herman, a hairdresser and shopkeeper, and Janet Schonewald, of Ayr, Scotland. At the time of the 1911 Census, Schonewald was living with his widowed mother and family at 75 Windsor Street.

Schonewald died on 5 May 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres , while serving with the 1/6th (Rifle) Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). His company, "C", had been ordered forward, through Zillebeke village, to attack in the direction of "Trench 42". Their losses amounted to 15 killed and 45 wounded on their relief the next day. The battalion itself, popularly known as the Liverpool Rifles, incurred a total of 22 killed and 62 wounded for 5 May.[1] His older brother, Charles, died in October 1916 while a rifleman with the 9th Londons.

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Menin Gate Memorial.

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  1. Wyrall, Everard (1935/2002), The History of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-19, Naval and Military Press, pp. 124-130

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