Wallace Hartley, the violinist who led the Titanic's eight-man
orchestra, is one of the latest entrants in the Oxford Dictionary
of National Biography. Hartley, who was born in Colne, Lancashire,
in 1878, famously played as the Titanic sank in April 1912. He and
his fellow musicians were reported to have performed throughout the
evacuation, and in some accounts their last tune as the liner sank
was 'Nearer, my God, to thee'.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography includes more than 57,000 biographies of men and women who shaped Britain's history. The dictionary was first published in 2004 and is updated three times a year.
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