BECKERLEGGE, Oliver Aveyard. b. Sheffield, Yorkshire, 1 October 1913; d. Chesterfield, Derbyshire, 18 February 2003. He was educated at Sheffield University, where he read Modern Languages, and was awarded a PhD for an edition of an early medieval text in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Le Secré de secrez by Pierre d’Abernun of Fetcham (published in Oxford by Basil Blackwell for the Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1944). After leaving university, he taught at Düsseldorf in Germany, returning to England to teach in Derby during World War II. During the war years he boldly edited A New Book of German Songs, with music (printed in Britain but published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1942).
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