John Ernest Schofield
John Ernest Schofield (c1881-1944)
1945 Obituary 
JOHN ERNEST SCHOFIELD, who died on the 18th December, 1944, at the age of 63, received his technical education at Huddersfield Technical College. After serving a four years' apprenticeship to Mr. A. B. Mountain, Borough Electrical Engineer, Huddersfield, he was appointed a junior assistant in the Huddersfield undertaking. About the year 1904 he became assistant to Mr. A. H. Gibbings, consulting engineer for the original Stalybridge electricity undertaking, and supervised the installation of the plant, mains and generating station. On the completion of this scheme, he was appointed Commercial Assistant to the Yorkshire Power Co., and later obtained a similar appointment with Bradford Corporation. As his inclinations were in the direction of consulting work, and having been brought in touch with many textile manufacturing firms in the West Riding, he resigned his position with Bradford Corporation and became consultant to a number of textile firms. At a later date he established an engineering firm, and during the last decade had been responsible for a considerable amount of electrification in the Staffordshire collieries. He had an engaging personality, a wide knowledge and experience of factory and colliery plant problems, and an outstanding ability for finding uses for reconditioned equipment. In his sphere of action he will be sorely missed.
He joined The Institution as a Student in 1900 and was elected an Associate in 1902, an Associate Member in 1908, and a Member in 1940.