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Basil Trevor Tatham

Basil Trevor Tatham

Male 1921 - 2007  (86 years)


  • Name Basil Trevor Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 13 Mar 1921  Bardolfs, Knebworth Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 4
    • On the 13th March, at Bardolfs, Knebworth, the wife of Capt. T. E. Tatham, of a son. [The Times]
    Education 1935 - 1940  St Edward's School, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 5
    Decoration abt 1940 - 1945  Croix de Guerre  [6
    Military Service 1940 - 1945  Flight Lieutenant, RAF  [3, 6
    Basil Trevor Tatham (1921-2007)
    Basil Trevor Tatham (1921-2007)
    D-Day Commemorative Postcard
    Basil Trevor Tatham (1921-2007)
    Basil Trevor Tatham (1921-2007)
    in aircraft cockpit in WW2
    Marriage 10 Feb 1945  Brussels, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 7
    Catherine Louise Meganck,   b. 10 Apr 1921, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Aug 1996, Wycombe Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation aft 1946  Technical Manager, Alginate Industries  [3
    Residence abt 1980  Maidenhead Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Residence Nov 1993  225 Courthouse Rd, Maidenhead Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Death 02 Dec 2007  Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • Tatham, Basil Trevor (Tatters/Junior) passed away 2 December 2007 at home. WWII RAF Flt Lt, Croix de Guerre. Worked worldwide for Alginate Industries. Funeral at Slough Crematorium 13 December at 3 p.m. Donations to Eczema Society. [Telegraph Announcements]
    Burial 13 Dec 2007  Slough Crematorium Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Notes 
    • Flight Lieutenant Basil 'Tatters' Tatham, a pilot in WW2 with 79 Squadron, RAF. He first flew Hurricanes with 79 Sqn, then went on Atlantic convoys. [gazzamataz website, with photo in cockpit, accessed 15 Jan 2010]
    • Tatham - On 2nd December 2007. B. T Tatham ('Tatters')(D 1936 = 1940)
      Tribute by his son, Richard Tatham:
      Basil went late to St Edward's in 1936 following many months in Middlesex hospital with osteomyelitis, which nearly cost him his leg. Despite this he went on to follow his father in to the 1st XI cricket team, became captain of shooting, entered the Officer Training Corps and passed his school certificates.
      After finishing school in 1940 he could have gone on to university but felt duty bound to join the RAF. Basil was training in the Battle of Britain, but served through two tours as a pilot flying Hurricanes, Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests. He served both UK and Europe, ending the war as a Flight-Lieutenant, (he was an acting Squadron Leader) with a number of medals including the Croix de Guerre Avec Etoile de Vermeil (F). He survived being shot down twice. His endurance was further pushed by a period in an open boat in the North Atlantic after a ship on which he was volunteer serving as part of the Merchant Shipping Unit was sunk in just four minutes by a U boat torpedo.
      After D Day he went to several countries in Europe mainly engaged in close air to ground support work with Rockets and Cannon fire, (this is where he won his Croix de Guerre). While near Brussels, under canvas, he met and married a lovely Belgian girl, Ketty, who he believed was the first Belgium bride to be taken back to England, and with whom he enjoyed over fifty years of happy marriage, two children, and three grandchildren.
      After the war, he was offered a permanent post in the RAF by Douglas Bader. He chose the civilian life and worked as a research chemist and later as a technical manager for Alginate Industries, a Scottish company which made sodium alginate from 'Tangle of the Isles' seaweed. He visited many parts of the world and designed many unique applications for Alginates. He became a county level golfer and looked after Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Junior County Players for several years. At home he was a keen gardener and made much of his own furniture and his first television. A keen crossword buff until his death, he always thanked the school for his excellent general knowledge and the standards it instilled in him. It remained important to him all his life. He was 86 years old when he died. [Obituary, St Edward's School website, accessed 15 Jan 2010, no longer online Mar 2011]
    • Postcard commemorating D-Day landings signed by him, sold on eBay 07 Dec 2009.
    • Tatham, Basil Trevor, FL - French rec - 247 Sqn - RAFVR. Wartime citation posted by Hugh A Halliday 12 Oct 2009 [RAF Commands website, accessed 15 Jan 2010, no longer online 13 Mar 2011]
    • "I have commissioned cousin Laura to edit, index & tidy up Henry Curtis' book on the Tatham family in the 1920s. The cost is going to lie between £1500 and £1000. I am writing to family members whom I know to find out if they would like a copy. The final price will of course depend on how many do so. The work should be finished by Easter 94.". [Letter to PFBT 25 Nov 1993] - status not known May 2011.
    Person ID I0872  Tatham | Morris branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 08 Feb 2012 

    Father Trevor Emil Tatham,   b. 01 Sep 1888, St Andrew's Lodge, Church Rd, Watford Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1963, Lister Hospital, Hitchin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Eugénie Mabel Hughes,   b. 26 Nov 1886, Hackney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Aug 1974, York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage abt Nov 1918  Hastings Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Family ID F0275  Family Group Sheet

    Family Catherine Louise Meganck,   b. 10 Apr 1921, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Aug 1996, Wycombe Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Marriage 10 Feb 1945  Brussels, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 7
    • Marriage reg not found in GRO consular registrations 1944-1947.
    • On Feb 10, 1945, in Brussels, Flight Lieutenant Basil Trevor Tatham, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Tatham, to Mlle. Catherine Louise Meganck, of Brussels [The Times, 01 Mar 1945]
    Notes 
    • While near Brussels, under canvas, he met and married a lovely Belgian girl, Ketty, who he believed was the first Belgium bride to be taken back to England, and with whom he enjoyed over fifty years of happy marriage, two children, and three grandchildren. [Obituary, St Edward's School website, accessed 15 Jan 2010, no longer online Mar 2011]
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F0911  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 13 Mar 1921 - Bardolfs, Knebworth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1935 - 1940 - St Edward's School, Oxford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 10 Feb 1945 - Brussels, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 10 Feb 1945 - Brussels, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1980 - Maidenhead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Nov 1993 - 225 Courthouse Rd, Maidenhead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 02 Dec 2007 - Buckinghamshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 13 Dec 2007 - Slough Crematorium Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Hitchin, 2Q1921.
      Basil T Tatham, mmn Hughes

    3. [S07] Other Sources, St Edward's School website.
      obituary Basil Tatham

    4. [S05] The Times, birth notice, 18 Mar 1921.

    5. [S05] The Times, Sports pages, 17 Jul 1940.
      cricket match against Marlborough

    6. [S07] Other Sources, Telegraph Announcements, Jan 2008.
      website accessed 04 May 2010

    7. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 01 Mar 1945.

    8. [S03] Family Members, JH.

    9. [S33] Family Letters, Basil Trevor Tatham, 25 Nov 1993.
      letter to PFBT

    10. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Hastings, 4Q1918.