In 1916, my grandfather, George Wynn SCHOLEFIELD, was 12 years old. Wynn, as he was known to his family and friends, liked to read the stories and pit his wits against the puzzles printed in the Children’s Corner of the newspaper. One day he wrote a letter to “Uncle Sam”, the author of his favourite column, and, in doing so, he revealed a little family story and a big mystery to tease his granddaughter with 100 years later.1
Wynn’s letter is quoted as saying:
I am writing to you again. My mother is just writing to a cousin of hers, who is a prisoner in Glessen, Germany. He has been there since 1915.
Oh! How I would love to know who this cousin is!
I mentioned my great-grandmother in my previous article, Tydfil SCHOLEFIELD nee DAVIES. I know her parents’ names but have been unable to go back any further.
But here is a clue. And I love clues. They create little cracks in those high brick walls. I shall blow the dust from this crack in the wall and see what I can find…
Like my grandfather, I shall keep my eye on the prize. I hope he eventually won his.
1 UNCLE SAM’S LETTER BAG. (1916, July 1). Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 – 1954), p. 14. Retrieved February 8, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article53387336