Frederick James Hoffman was born at Bootle in 1891. His birth was registered as James Frederick Hoffman. He was the son of John Hoffman and Mary Ellen Hoffman (nee Limbert). They were married at St. George's C.of E. Church, Everton in 1887.
His mother was born at Pembroke Docks, Wales. His father was a foreman rigger and was born in Ireland. They had five children, four of whom survived into adulthood. Frederick James' known siblings were; Mary Louisa (born 1889), John Martin (born 1893) and Leonard (born 1896).
The family lived at 55 Beatrice Street, Bootle in 1891 and at 58 Tennyson Street, Bootle in 1901. John Hoffman died in 1907 and his widow was supporting the family as a grocer and general dealer at 45 Virginia Street, Bootle. Frederick James was twenty and was working as an assistant storekeeper to a shipping business. After the war his mother lived at 48 Tetlow Street, Walton.
He enlisted at Liverpool and died of wounds on the 5th September 1917. His death was reported in the Bootle Times: "Corporal F Hoffman, who has died of wounds, was formerly attached to the Walton Division of the Liverpool Police Force, and resided at 45, Virginia-street, Bootle." His photograph was included in this report. A report also appeared in the Evening Express on the 21st September 1917.
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.