Private 5969, 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

Died 18th August 1916, age 21.

Buried in Daours Communal Cemetery and Extension, France.

Student of law.



Ronald was born in October 1895 at Reddish to Ronald Schofield Hopwood Woolfenden, a solicitor, and his wife Lillie. He was educated at Stockport Grammar School and Elmfield College, York. Articled to his father he entered Manchester University in 1912 to study law.

On the 5th September Ronald joined the University and Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and trained with them for a year. In November 1915 he was sent to France attached to the 251st Field Company, Royal Engineers, and whilst serving with them he was awarded the Military Medal when he rescued some miners after an explosion in a tunnel they were digging. In the summer of 1916 he rejoined his own unit an took part in operations on the Somme where he was killed in August of the same year near Corbie-sur-Somme.