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Harry Ward  Tatham

Harry Ward Tatham

Male 1911 - 1980  (68 years)


  • Name Harry Ward Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 17 Jul 1911  Netley, Rosemead Place, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • b 18 Jul 1911 per Ward-Waterfield tree
    Education abt 1924 - 1929  Dover College Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Occupation abt 1930 - 1965  Shipping Agent  [6
    • Worked for The Inchcape Group in India and Ceylon, entirely in Shipping Agency work, and later for the P&O; eventually became Managing Director of Mackinnon Mackenzie in Ceylon. [6]
    Marriage 1936  Christ Church, Galle Face, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 7
    Marjorie Elsie Underhill,   b. 07 Nov 1910, Handsworth Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1991, 15b Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Feb 1941  Mercantile Assistant  [2
    Residence Feb 1941  Alipore, India Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Occupation 1956 - 1965  Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location ; Managing Director, Mackinnon Mackenzie & Co  [6
    • "Mr Tatham began his shipping career in 1932 as an Assistant with Mackinnon Mackenzie & Co in Colombo,Ceylon. He worked in Mackinnons Calcutta from 1938 and served in Iraq and Iran during the War working closely with the Russians. After the war he was posted to Bombay and was appointed Honorary Shipping Representative of the Ministry of Supply in Burma, India and Ceylon. He returned to Ceylon in 1947 and in 1952 he was made a Director of Mackinnons becoming Managing Director four years later. The Tathams have been in Ceylon for 120 years spanning four generations.
      During the riots of 1957/58 Mr Tatham worked closely with the Governor General of Ceylon and in 1958, at the Governor's request, he requisitioned ships of the P&O and BISN Company under his firm's agency to evacuate 10,000 Tamils to Jaffna in the North for their safety.
      He has been Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and has held appointments as Chairman of the Ceylon Shipping Committee, Chairman of the Committee of the Colombo Homeward Conference, Shipping representative of the Association of British interests and a member of the Council of the Employers Federation in Ceylon. He has also chaired The Missions To Seamen and The British Soldiers and Sailors Institute
      In his younger days Mr Tatham played rugby for The CH and FC and was selected to play for All Ceylon. In recent years Mr Tatham has greatly advanced the Ceylonisation of his company. He leaves the island shortly to retire in Britain."
      [précis of article in The Times of Ceylon dated 9th March 1965 at the time of his retirement]
    Residence 1956 - 1965  Mackinnon House, 14 Cambridge Place, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 8
    Decoration bef 1965  OBE  [6
    • for services to the British Community and Shipping interests in Ceylon
    Death 20 May 1980  15b Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 6
    Notes 
    • passenger on P&O ship Bremen arr Plymouth 16 Apr 1920 ex Colombo, future permanent residence England
    • passenger London-Calcutta 1932, London-Bombay 1938, London-Colombo 1950 & 1953, Southampton-Colombo 1956, London-Colombo 1959.
    • passengers on P&O "Viceroy of India" dep London 17 Nov 1938: Harry Ward Tatham, 27, Mercantile Asst; Marjorie Tatham, 27; Elizabeth Tatham, 1; dest Bombay, perm res India, UK addr Lealands, Groombridge.
    • passengers on P&O "Stratheden" dep London 01 Dec 1953: Harry Ward Tatham, 42, Director; Marjorie Elsie Tatham, 43, Housewife; Christopher David Tatham, 5; dest Colombo, perm res Ceylon, UK addr Langdale, Solefields Rd, Sevenoaks
    • passengers on P&O "Chusan" dep London 06 Oct 1959: Harry Ward Tatham, b 17 Jul 1911, Co. Director; Marjorie Elsie Tatham, b 07 Nov 1910, Housewife; dest Colombo, perm res Ceylon, UK addr Wonaton, Southview Rd, Crowborough
    • passengers on P&O "Arcadia" arr Tilbury 27 Mar 1956: Harry Tatham, b 17 Jul 1911, Co. Dir.; Mrs Marjorie Tatham, b 07 Nov 1911 [sic], H.D.; Master Christopher Tatham, b 09 Aug 1948; emb Colombo, UK addr The Limes Hotel, Nutley, Uckfield
    • passengers on P&O "Stratheden" arr Tilbury 01 Apr 1938: Harry Tatham, 26, Mercantile Asst.; Marjorie Tatham, 26, H.D.; Joy Tatham, 6m; emb Colombo, UK addr Lealands, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells
    • passengers on P&O "Arcadia" arr London 22 Mar 1959: Harry Ward Tatham, b 17 Jul 1911, Co. Director; Marjorie E Tatham, b 07 Oct 1910, H.D.; emb Colombo, UK addr Lythe Cottage, Steep, nr Petersfield
    Person ID I1539  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2013 

    Father Territt Hugh Tatham,   b. 04 Sep 1877, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1947, 19 Farncombe Rd, Worthing Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Maude Eglantine Waterfield Ward,   b. 28 Oct 1884, Malaya Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1945, Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Marriage 14 Oct 1905  Christ Church, Galle Face, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 9
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    Mackinnon House, Colombo
    Mackinnon House, Colombo
    Home of three generations of Tathams
    Territt Hugh Tatham & Maude Eglantine Waterfield Ward
    Territt Hugh Tatham & Maude Eglantine Waterfield Ward
    Family ID F0361  Family Group Sheet

    Family Marjorie Elsie Underhill,   b. 07 Nov 1910, Handsworth Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1991, 15b Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 1936  Christ Church, Galle Face, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 7
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    Notes 
    • 'I remember my father had 17 servants at Mackinnon House. An Appu who ran the servants and house. I still have the silver leaf on which he carried the mail to my mother each morning. My father had his personal dresser who laid out his clothes, ran his bath carefully testing the temperature of the water, squeezed the toothpaste on to his toothbrush, tied his shoe laces, helped him on with his jacket and brushed it. His dresser also waited at table. There was a house coolie who cleaned the house and waited at table. A varsocute cleaned all the loos and a nanny did the washing and ironing. There was a cook and podien (small boy helper who prepared everything for cooking and washed up). Four gardeners looked after the extensive grounds and two sisi boys (horse boys) tended the stables and groomed the horses. There was also a driver and all the servants lined up outside the front door each morning to watch the Master of the house climb into the back of the car to be driven to the office. It all sounds OTT now but thats how it was in those days. Father was called Master, Mother was Lady, my brother was Little Master and I was Missy.' [EJT, Oct 2010]
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    Mackinnon House, Colombo
    Mackinnon House, Colombo
    Home of three generations of Tathams
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F0547  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 17 Jul 1911 - Netley, Rosemead Place, Colombo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1924 - 1929 - Dover College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 1936 - Christ Church, Galle Face, Colombo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 1936 - Christ Church, Galle Face, Colombo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Feb 1941 - Alipore, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Managing Director, Mackinnon Mackenzie & Co - 1956 - 1965 - Colombo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1956 - 1965 - Mackinnon House, 14 Cambridge Place, Colombo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 20 May 1980 - 15b Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells Link to Google Earth
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    Harry Ward Tatham (1911-1980)
    Harry Ward Tatham (1911-1980)

  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Colombo, 1911.
      UK High Commission Birth Indices

    2. [S30] India Office Library, N/1/610 f.40, 20 Mar 1941.
      birth son Richard

    3. [S12] Passenger Lists, Bremen, 16 Apr 1920.
      age 8

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

    5. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Tunbridge W, 2Q1980.
      b 17 Jul 1911

    6. [S03] Family Members, RWTT.

    7. [S03] Family Members, RHT.

    8. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 27 Apr 1957.
      dau Elizabeth

    9. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Ward-Waterfield tree.