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The Tathams of County Durham
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Joan Engelbach (1918-2002)
Joan Engelbach (1918-2002)
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
Wilfrid George Tatham (1898-1978)

Tatham of the Week It needs more than these few words to do justice to the talents and achievements of Wilfrid "Gus" Tatham. Remembered now as a world-class hurdler in the 1924 & 1928 Olympics, he excelled equally as a distance runner, and as a tennis and rugby football player. By profession a history teacher and housemaster at Eton, he was also a violinist of professional standard. He has the distinction of having served in both world wars as a company commander in the Coldstream Guards, winning the Military Cross in the first and enduring a German PoW camp in the second.
Returning briefly to Eton in 1945, he moved on to become the representative in Athens of the British Council and was awarded the OBE for his services. On his return to England, he took up his last post, as Bursar of the Royal Society of Arts.
After such a full and varied career, Wilfrid left his comfortable home in Chiswick and emigrated with his wife Rachel to the remote Atlantic island of St Helena, where he occupied his remaining years with community affairs and served as the official archivist.
Although we still have no photo of Wilfrid Tatham, we can invite you to listen to this recording from the IWM archives, in which he recalls his wartime experiences.