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Meaburn Tatham

Male 1886 - 1976  (89 years)


  • Name Meaburn Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 14 Aug 1886  West Cliff Hotel, Cromer Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • On the 14th inst., at the West Cliff Hotel, Cromer, the wife of Meaburn Talbot Tatham, 19, Great College-street, Westminster, of a son. [Morning Post]
    West Cliff Hotel, Cromer
    West Cliff Hotel, Cromer
    Residence 1887 - 1909  Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Residence Apr 1891  Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Education 1895 - 1900  Southborough House, Tonbridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Education 1900 - 1904  Eton College Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    • Robert Penrice Lee Booker's house
    Residence Mar 1901  6 High St, Eton Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Education 1905 - 1909  Balliol College, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 10
    Degree/Qualif. 1909  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [11
    Occupation 1910 - 1911  St Vincent, West Indies Find all individuals with events at this location ; Private Secretary to the Administrator  [12
    Degree/Qualif. 1911  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; MA  [11, 13
    Occupation 1911 - 1914  Journalist, with Iliffe Press  [13
    • Assistant Editor: The Arena, 1912-13; Pall Mall Magazine, 1913-1914.
    Occupation Jul 1912  Editor  [2
    Residence Jul 1912  13 Oxford Terrace, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Marriage 11 Jul 1912  St Pancras Church Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 14, 15
    Bessie Eileen Roden,   b. 19 Nov 1891, Parham, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1975, Brambles, Arkley Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Apr 1913  Journalist  [16
    Residence Apr 1913  20 Regents Park Terrace, Primrose Hill Find all individuals with events at this location   [16
    Military Service 1915 - 1919  Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location ; Friends Ambulance Unit (O/C from Jan 1918)  [12, 17
    • Although originally unconnected with the Society of Friends, he had joined the Unit in March, 1915, and after service at the Sacre Coeur, Poperinghe and Caestre he had become the leader of the second Search Party. This work he had had to give up at the end of 1916 owing to ill-health, and had left the Unit to take up sedentary work in England, under the Ministry of National Service. From this department he was released in order to rejoin the Unit, was gazetted temporary honorary Captain, and left for Dunkirk two weeks before Captain Maxwell's departure. [Meaburn Tatham & James E Miles (eds), "The Friends' Ambulance Unit, 1914-1919", London, ca. 1920, Swarthmore Press]
    • Temp. Lt. M. Tatham relinquishes his commn. on ceasing to be empld. 20th Dec 1917.
      Meaburn Tatham, late temp. Lt., to be temp. Hon. Capt. for service with an Ambulance Unit. 20th Dec. 1917. [London Gazette, 19 Dec 1917, Supplement p. 13302]
    Friends' Ambulance Unit, 1914-1919 (extracts)
    Friends' Ambulance Unit, 1914-1919 (extracts)
    Meaburn Tatham & James E Miles (eds)
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    abt 1916
    Decoration abt 1919  OBE  [13
    Occupation 1920 - 1950  Bournville Find all individuals with events at this location ; Secretary, later Director, Cadburys  [18
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    Visit to New Zealand abt 1946
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    Visit to Tasmania in 1932
    Cadburys Board 1921
    Cadburys Board 1921
    Meaburn Tatham, Secretary, on R
    Residence 1920 - 1950  Ardnacombe, 111 Middleton Hall Rd, Kings Norton Find all individuals with events at this location   [18
    Ardnacombe, Kings Norton
    Ardnacombe, Kings Norton
    Home of Meaburn Tatham & family, 1920-1950
    Decoration Mar 1921  Chevalier, Ordre de la Couronne (Belgium)  [19
    Residence 1950 - 1976  Brambles, Arkley Find all individuals with events at this location   [18
    Death 12 Apr 1976  Brambles, Arkley Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Bronchopneumonia; Carcinoma of caecum  [3, 20, 21
    • Deaths: Tatham - On April 12th, 1976, peacefully, in his 90th year, Meaburn Tatham, OBE, of Arkley. Service at Hendon Crematorium, Holders Hill Road, Mill Hill, NW7, on Thursday, April 15th at 1.30 pm. [The Times, 14 Apr 1976]
    Burial 15 Apr 1976  Hendon Crematorium, Mill Hill Find all individuals with events at this location   [22
    Notes 
    • Meaburn Tatham was born in Cromer, where his mother Clara (née Miers) was on holiday. The birth was premature & they didn't think he'd live, so they christened him in the hotel room soapdish (in the event he lived till his 90th year).
      The family home was Northcourt House, Abingdon, a pleasant country house, that had been given to his parents, on lease, as a wedding present.
      He was sent away to prep school at Southborough House, nr Tunbridge Wells, & some of his first letters from there have been preserved. By a strange coincidence his form master Mr Mills also taught his grandson Robert, more than 50 years later.
      He went on to Eton where he excelled at football. He enjoyed his time there and used to go back for 4th June celebrations whenever he could. He went up to Balliol College, Oxford, in about 1904 and read Greats, but only got a 4th class degree. One of his great interests was mountaineering. He kept up his rock climbing skills during term times by scaling the university towers & spires (Julian Huxley wrote about their adventures many years later). His other passion was for the violin, and until late in life he always practised for half an hour every evening.
      It is not yet known what he did to begin with after he went down from Oxford, though one can see from his surviving letters that he himself wasn't sure what to do. Anyhow, by about 1910 he had a job with the Colonial Office as hon. Attache, with the post of secretary to the administrator of St Lucia, Mr Gideon Murray, later Lord Elibank.
      While in the West Indies Meaburn met & became engaged to Eileen Roden, dau of Robert Roden, who was from a family of sugar planters in Antigua and by then a colonial judge. They were married on 12 Jul 1912 in St Pancras Church. By then Meaburn had returned to England and was working as a journalist, possibly on the Pall Mall Gazette. They lived in a house on Regents Park Terrace (rent only £60 a year, he used to say) and it was there that their daughter Barbara was born on 8 Apr 1913.
      In WW1 Meaburn did not join the armed forces but volunteered in 1915 as a chauffeur for the British Red Cross . He later helped set up the Friends Ambulance Unit, and afterwards co-wrote the history of the unit.
      During those years he got to know Lawrence Cadbury, of the chocolate family, and so it was that after the war he joined the company at Bourneville. Meaburn and his family - now including Roden - moved to Birmingham and acquired a large Victorian house called Ardnacombe, at 111 Middleton Hall Road, Kings Norton.
      He worked for Cadbury's for the next 30 years. He was the company secretary for a while, and towards the end he was a director, in charge of overseas operations.
      When Meaburn retired, he and Eileen moved back south, to a house called Brambles, in Arkley near Barnet. There they remained for the rest of their lives. Eileen died there on 28 Apr 1975 and Meaburn on 12 Apr the following year.
      Meaburn was tall and of quite handsome appearance. He kept up his mountaineering until late in life and enjoyed taking us on holidays climbing in north Wales. He liked to keep himself fit and rarely touched alcohol, though he was always a heavy smoker. In politics he used to be an old style liberal, as was his family and also the Cadburys, but in later life he became more of a conservative. He had something of an aversion to organised religion, and to catholicism in particular. Even so he was serious about his position as patron of the living at Great Ryburgh, and took trouble in choosing the incumbents and visiting them from time to time. He was meticulous with money, and it was always a rule that bills had to be paid the same day. He had a quick brain, played chess well and could dispose of the Times crossword in under 10 minutes. He was interested in literature, and wrote a novel, though he never had it published. He liked gardening, foreign travel and above all music, as a performer and as a listener. He had a lively sense of humour and was gifted amateur conjuror (his grandchildren remember how he could waggle his ears and could balance a garden rake on the end of his nose). [RCC 12 Mar 2008]
    • Tatham, Meaburn: b. Aug. 14, 1886; s. of M. T. Tatham, of Northcourt House, Abingdon; m. July 11, 1912, Bessie Eileen, d. of R. B. Roden, Chief Justice of St. Vincent, W. Indies. Issue: one daughter. Educ. Eton; Balliol 1905-9 (C.B., J.L.S.D.); 3rd Cl. Mods. 1907; 4th Lit. Hum. 1909; B.A. 1910; M.A. 1912; Torpid (2); Assoc. XI ; Lawn Tennis team. Dervorguilla Soc. (Pres.). Assist. Master, Beechmont, Sevenoaks, 1910; Private Sec. to the Hon. C. G. Murray, Administrator of St. Vincent, W. Indies, and Acting Clerk to Executive and Legislative Councils, 1910-11; Assist. Editor, The Arena 1912-13; ditto, Pall Mall Magazine 1913- . Publication: Report on the Administration of the Roads and Land Settlement Fund, St. Vincent, 1911; articles on public school and university subjects in The Arena. Club: Cavendish. Recreations: Mountaineering, lawn tennis. Address: 20 Regent's Park Terrace, London, N.W. [Balliol College Register, 1914]
    • Author of 'The Friends Ambulance Unit 1914-1919' a record edited by Meaburn Tatham and James Miles.
      Also of 'St Vincent: Report on the Administration of the Roads and Land Settlement Fund'. (London: Colonial Reports, Misc No 77) 24 pages pamph, 1 map, 1911.
      Also of 'Tasmania's Mountains', 7pp, 4 illustr, reprinted from 'The Alpine Journal', Nov 1939
      Also of an unpublished novel.
    • He was a Captain OC "Friends Ambulance Unit" in The British Red Cross Society Regiment from March 1916 to March 1919. He served in France and Belgium. He was awarded the "Order of the British Empire", and the Belgian "Chevalier de l'Ordre Couronne". He was a member of the Council of the Friends Ambulance Unit. [Google search by AW 12 Mar 2008]
    • An excellent athlete, especially running and football when at school. Good tennis and squash player too.
      He & Eileen had friends in Germany called Eckert. They lived near Nuremberg & made meerschaum pipes. Roden went to stay with them. [MRT]
    • Sea voyages per shipping company records:
      1913 Southampton-Java (with Eileen)
      1921 London-Gibraltar
      1929 Southampton-Montreal
      1932 Southampton-New York
      1934 Greenock-Montreal
      1936 Southampton-New York
      1951 Liverpool-Montreal.
    • Member of the Cavendish Club before 1914 - see separate article on this website
    Person ID I0032  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2012 

    Father Meaburn Talbot Tatham,   b. 09 Feb 1858, 6 Cleveland Gardens, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jan 1937, Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Clara Susan Miers,   b. 19 Mar 1861, Edgbaston Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1945, Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Marriage 22 Dec 1883  St Mary, Shortlands Find all individuals with events at this location   [23, 24
    • On the 22nd at St Mary's, Shortlands, by the Rev. G E Tatham, rector of Ryburgh, Norfolk, assisted by the Rev. H F Wolley, vicar of Shortlands, Meaburn Talbot Tatham, eldest son of Charles Meaburn Tatham, Esq., of 14 Cleveland Gardens, W., and Emberton, Bucks, to Clara Susan, third daughter of Francis Charles Miers, Esq, of Eden Cottage, Beckenham [The Times, 25 Dec 1883; Morning Post, 26 Dec 1883; Bromley Record, 01 Jan 1884]
    Notes 
    • 4 servants resid Apr 1891 (most of family away):
      * Mary J Barnett, cook, 35 b Wolverhampton;
      * Alice Sarah Smith, parlourmaid, 30 b Westminster;
      * Rose Davies, nurse, 29 b Newport, Mon;
      * Mary E Halford, housemaid, 26 b Toft, Lincs.
    • Northcourt House, Apr 1911: 24 rooms, with 5 servants living in (+ coachman at the lodge).
      * Leah Cooper, parlourmaid, 59 b Christchurch, Glos;
      * Emily Mary Figes, housemaid, 52 b Kensington;
      * Thirza Keen, lady's maid, 23 b Oddington, Glos;
      * Lena Dimmock, cook, 29 b Devonshire (town or parish unknown);
      * Emma Griselda Stevens, kitchenmaid, 17 b Bledington, Glos.
      +
      * William Badcock, coachman, 57 b Drayton.
      [1911 census]
    Photos
    Northcourt House, Abingdon
    Northcourt House, Abingdon
    Home of the Meaburn Tatham family
    Watercolour by Bernard C Gotch
    Meaburn Talbot Tatham & Clara Susan Miers
    Meaburn Talbot Tatham & Clara Susan Miers
    Abingdon abt 1905
    Family ID F0004  Family Group Sheet

    Family Bessie Eileen Roden,   b. 19 Nov 1891, Parham, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1975, Brambles, Arkley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Marriage 11 Jul 1912  St Pancras Church Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 14, 15
    • Marriages: Tatham-Roden: On the 11th inst, at St Pancras Church, by the Rev F H Tatham, Rector of Ryburgh, Norfolk, cousin of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev E L Metcalfe, Vicar of the parish, Meaburn, only son of Meaburn Talbot Tatham, of Northcourt House, Abingdon, Berkshire, to Bessie Eileen, only child of Robert Blair Roden, of Barbados, West Indies. [The Times, 12 Jul 1912]
    • Tatham-Roden: At St. Pancras Church recently the wedding took place of Miss Bessie Eileen Roden, only child of Mr. R. B. Roden, of Barbados, West Indies, and Mr. Meaburn Tatham, only son of Mr. Meaburn Talbot Tatham, of Northcourt House, Abingdon, Berks. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. F. Tatham, Rector of Ryburgh, Norfolk (cousin of the bridegroom), assisted by the Rev. E. L. Metcalf, Vicar of the Parish. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of ivory charmeuse satin draped with old lace, which fell gracefully over the train. She carried a sheaf of Madonna lilies, and wore over the plain tulle veil a wreath of white heather and orange-blossom. The three bridesmaids were Miss Mary Tatham (sister of the bridegroom), Miss Dorothy Swaby, and Miss Clarice Harvey. They wore very pretty crêpe de chine gowns of pale blue, mauve, and pink respectively, with contrasting shades in the Robespierre collars. The hats were trimmed with hydrangeas, and the bouquets combined all the colours of the gowns. The best man was Mr. Godfrey Pease. After a reception, held at the Russell Hotel, Russell Square, the happy couple left for the Austrian Tyrol. The bride went away in a coat and skirt of black and white whipcord and a white hat with a white Chantilly veil. [The Lady, Jul 1912]
    • Witnesses R B Roden & M T Tatham. [marriage cert]
    Meaburn Tatham & Eileen Roden
    Meaburn Tatham & Eileen Roden
    Wedding Notice Jul 1912
    Meaburn Tatham & Eileen Roden
    Meaburn Tatham & Eileen Roden
    Marriage register
    Children 
    +1. Barbara Tatham,   b. 08 Apr 1913, 20 Regents Park Terrace, Primrose Hill Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 2006, Lynde House, Cambridge Park, Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. Meaburn Roden Tatham,   b. 17 Jul 1916, Northcourt House, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 2013, Morden College, Blackheath Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    +3. Christopher Meaburn Tatham,   b. 13 Jul 1925, Ardnacombe, 111 Middleton Hall Rd, Kings Norton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1997, Chesham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Photos
    Ardnacombe, Kings Norton
    Ardnacombe, Kings Norton
    Home of Meaburn Tatham & family, 1920-1950
    Meaburn Tathams, four generations (1st photo).
    Meaburn Tathams, four generations (1st photo).
    L to R: Meaburn Talbot (1858-1937), Meaburn Roden (1916- ), Charles Meaburn (1828-1924), Meaburn (1886-1976).
    Taken at Northcourt House, Thur 31 Aug 1916.
    Meaburn Tathams, four generations (2nd photo).
    Meaburn Tathams, four generations (2nd photo).
    Charles Meaburn (1828-1924), Meaburn Talbot (1858-1937), Meaburn (1886-1976), Meaburn Roden (1916- ).
    At Northcourt House, Thur 31 Aug 1916.
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F0003  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 14 Aug 1886 - West Cliff Hotel, Cromer Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1887 - 1909 - Northcourt House, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Northcourt House, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1895 - 1900 - Southborough House, Tonbridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1900 - 1904 - Eton College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - 6 High St, Eton Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1905 - 1909 - Balliol College, Oxford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - 1909 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Private Secretary to the Administrator - 1910 - 1911 - St Vincent, West Indies Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - MA - 1911 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jul 1912 - 13 Oxford Terrace, Paddington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 11 Jul 1912 - St Pancras Church Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 11 Jul 1912 - St Pancras Church Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1913 - 20 Regents Park Terrace, Primrose Hill Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Friends Ambulance Unit (O/C from Jan 1918) - 1915 - 1919 - Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Secretary, later Director, Cadburys - 1920 - 1950 - Bournville Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - 1950 - Ardnacombe, 111 Middleton Hall Rd, Kings Norton Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1950 - 1976 - Brambles, Arkley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Bronchopneumonia; Carcinoma of caecum - 12 Apr 1976 - Brambles, Arkley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 15 Apr 1976 - Hendon Crematorium, Mill Hill Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
    abt 1945
    Charles Meaburn Tatham & descendants
    Charles Meaburn Tatham & descendants
    abt 1921, possibly at Cary Castle
    Herbert Francis William Tatham & nephew Meaburn Tatham
    Herbert Francis William Tatham & nephew Meaburn Tatham
    1905

    Histories
    Tasmania's Mountains
    Tasmania's Mountains
    reprinted from 'The Alpine Journal', Nov 1939

  • Sources 
    1. [S32] Birth Certificate, 14 Aug 1886.

    2. [S36] Marriage Certificate.

    3. [S41] Death Certificate.

    4. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Erpingham, 3Q1886.

    5. [S03] Family Members, MRT.

    6. [S11] Newspaper, Morning Post, 19 Aug 1886.
      birth notice

    7. [S33] Family Letters.

    8. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 4 b Cromer

    9. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.

    10. [S07] Other Sources, Oxford University Almanack & Register, 1908.

    11. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    12. [S03] Family Members, BTC.

    13. [S07] Other Sources, Eton Who's Who.

    14. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg St Pancras, 3Q1912.

    15. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 12 Jul 1912.

    16. [S32] Birth Certificate, dau Barbara.

    17. [S29] Medal Index Cards WW1.

    18. [S03] Family Members, RCC.

    19. [S35] London Gazette, Issue 32268, supplement p2, 24 Mar 1921.
      Temporary (Honorary) Captain Meaburn Tatham, Special List

    20. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Barnet, 2Q1976.

    21. [S35] London Gazette, 29 Apr 1976.

    22. [S05] The Times, death notice, 14 Apr 1976.

    23. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Bromley, 4Q1883.

    24. [S11] Newspaper, Bromley Record, 01 Jan 1884.
      marriage notice