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The Tathams of County Durham
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Rosemary Enid Tatham (1900-1976)
Rosemary Enid Tatham (1900-1976)
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.

The idea of this website is to raise the family's awareness of our shared history, and to encourage interest and discussion about our heritage.

Feel free to wander around this site and explore. There's a basic guide to the contents at the What's Here page.

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Status of this website
Update May 2019

Meaburn Tatahams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been maintained or attended to for more than four years, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This will take some time, as there is much work to be done: responding to several hundred messages and requests, relearning and sharpening website skills, updating the software (3 major upgrades to be applied and tested), learning and respecting the new regulations about consents and data protection, and no doubt many other tasks and obstacles we haven't yet thought about ...

Members and visitors are thanked for their patience and forbearance during this long period.

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.