Lieutenant Henry Sigismund OPPE
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Lieutenant Henry Sigismund OPPE
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Lieutenant Henry Sigismund OPPE

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Lieutenant Henry Sigismund OPPE

11th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, attached 6th Battalion. Son of the late Mr. A. S. Oppe and of Pauline Oppe, of Pamber Heath, Basingstoke. Born in London. Killed 6 November 1915. Aged 35.

Lieutenant Oppe joined the 6th Battalion on 10 October 1915 as part of a draft of reinforcements (the 6th Battalion had been reduced to a strength of only 285 men by 22 August 1915). Very sadly, Lieutenant Oppe was killed by a sniper on 5 November 1915, - only 26 days after joining.

The following information on Lieutenant Oppe is provided in TheyServed Wiki;-
"He was born on 30 July 1880, in Camberwell, the fourth son of German parents Siegmund Armin, of Lyons silk and feathers, and Pauline Oppé (née Jaffe). Oppé attended Charterhouse and New College, Oxford, where he became a "History Scholar". On graduating from Oxford with a first class in modern history, Oppé was articled to Messrs. Hollams, Hawkesley & Coward. He departed for Shanghai in 1906, joining the firm Drummond, Whyte Cooper & Phillips as a partner.

Oppé volunteered for the army while still in China and obtained a commission via the British legation in Peking. He returned to England in March 1915, entering the 11th Battalion, Princess Alexandra of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). With the 6th Yorkshires, to which he was attached from September, Oppé landed at Gallipoli and died on 6 November 1915, reportedly killed while engaging Turkish snipers. His twin brother, Thomas, a second lieutenant in the Cameronians, died in May 1917."

The attached photo is from the Belfast Evening Telegraph, and has been provided by Nigel Henderson whose website, Great War Belfast Newspapers, contains lists of articles and pictures that have been gleaned from Belfast newspapers from the Great War period.

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