The Tathams of County Durham
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Helen Elizabeth Tatham (1904-1988)
Helen Elizabeth Tatham (1904-1988)
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
Trevor Hodgson Stanley Tatham (1887-1915)

Tatham of the Week Trevor Hodgson Stanley Tatham was born on 16 November 1887 in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the eldest son of Stanley Tatham, a naval architect. After school at Amesbury and Stubbington House, he went on to HMS Britannia at Dartmouth and became a midshipman in 1904. He served six years on Formidable, Duncan and Barham, and took part in the 1909 Somaliland Expedition. In August 1913 he returned to his first ship, the battleship HMS Formidable.

On New Year's Day, 1915, while on exercises off the Devon coast, the Formidable was struck by two torpedoes from German U-boat 24. She sank in less than two hours. Among the 550 victims was Lieutenant Trevor Tatham.

PoppyNo less than 22 (including 1 identified in the past year) of the Durham Tatham descendants gave their lives in the First World War, a remarkable record of sacrifice on the part of a single family.