George H J Oberhoffer

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Service number:
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
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Date of death:
18 February 1916
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Known information

Private George Oberhoffer was Music Master at Uppingham School. In January 1915 he left to join the 18th (Public Schools Battalion) Royal Fusiliers and was killed in action in France in February 1916. He was the son of R W Oberhoffer, of Luxemburg who was for some years music master at Ampleforth College. George Oberhoffer was born at York in 1885, and was a student at Ampleforth College from 1893 to 1901. He then studied at the Cologne Conservatoire of Music, and was Professor of Music at the Dusseldorf Conservatoire from 1906 to 1908. In 1909 he accepted the post of organist and choirmaster at St Mel's Cathedral, Longford, Ireland, and of music master at the Leinster School of Music, Dublin. In 1912 he became music master at Uppingham School. He enlisted in Epsom and went to the Front in November 1915. On 18 February 1916 he was shot through the head, dying within twenty-four hours. One of his fellow-soldiers wrote: "He was the most popular man in the section. His character was a beautiful one, and he lived near to God." He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, grave V.A.18, and is remembered on Uppingham's war memorial. He is also on York's Roll of Honour.

Much of the information above comes from The Tablet, 1 April 1916.

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