The Tathams of County Durham
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Susan Mary Fry (1825-1922)
Susan Mary Fry (1825-1922)
These pages are a record of the Tatham family of County Durham. Most of the family migrated to the south of England from the mid 1700s onwards, and their north country origins were gradually forgotten. By the end of the 19th century there were Tathams all over the world - in Australia, Canada, Ceylon, China, India, New Zealand and USA, as well as the long established colony in South Africa.

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Meaburn Roden Tatham
A Last Farewell

St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh It is now more than two years since Roden Tatham left us, on 29 March 2013.
On Sunday, 6th October of that year, a beautiful autumn day, we laid his ashes to rest in a Norfolk country churchyard, at the parish of Great Ryburgh where he had been the patron since 1976. Roden loved Great Ryburgh, and its ancient round-towered church of St Andrew, and was generous in his support. Over the past two centuries the Tatham family has supplied five clergy to the benefice, and six patrons, of whom Roden was the last.
First a Choral Eucharist was celebrated in St Andrew's Church, with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Mass O quam gloriosum, performed by the I Musicanti singers. Then in a simple ceremony led by the Rector, we buried Roden's ashes in the Garden of Remembrance, newly laid out last year. A stone in Roden's memory marks the spot, close by the graves of other Tathams, including that of the first family patron of the Ryburgh parish, Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875), restored for this occasion.
Afterwards a lunch was kindly offered by the Churchwarden in her home, for the family members, the rector, the singers and the Ryburgh parishioners, gathered together to bid Roden Tatham farewell.

Tatham of the Week
Digby Tatham-Warter (1917-1993)

Tatham of the Week Younger son of a Shropshire landowner who had taken the additional name Warter, (Allison) Digby Tatham-Warter began his army career with the Indian cavalry and then spent 6 years with the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Transferring to the Parachute Regiment in 1944, he fought with great distinction at the Battle of Arnhem and was awarded the DSO. He was famously (but inaccuarately) depicted in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far as leading a bayonet charge sporting an old bowler hat and a tattered umbrella.
After the war Digby Tatham-Warter bought two estates in Kenya with the idea of settling down as a farmer. Then came the Mau Mau emergency, and he raised and commanded a unit in the King's African Rifles. Afterwards he set up the game hunting and photo safari business that he managed for the rest of his life.
He died on his estate 26 years ago this week. Appropriately, there is an impressive rhino living on the Lewa Downs estate, named Digby in his memory.