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Basil Owen Tatham

Male 1884 - 1915  (31 years)


  • Name Basil Owen Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Birth 25 Jan 1884  Fairsnape, Weybridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • On the 25th inst., at Fairsnape, Weybridge, the wife of Arthur Thomas Tatham, Esq., of a son. [The Times]
    Baptism 11 Feb 1884  St James, Weybridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Baptism register
    Residence Apr 1891  Doddlespool Hall, Crewe Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1893 - 1898  Mostyn House Preparatory School, Parkgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Education 1898 - 1901  Charterhouse, Godalming Find all individuals with events at this location ; Bodeites  [4, 7, 8
    Residence Mar 1901  Bodeites, Charterhouse, Godalming Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Military Service 1902 - 1912  Army Officer, East Yorks Regt  [8, 9
    • This was part-time service in the militia. His occupation during the period 1902-1912 is not known. In the regimental Digest of Service he is described in 1902 just as "Gent". He has not been traced in the 1911 census. It is supposed he was living in somewhere in east Yorkshire, as the battalion HQ was at Beverley.
    • 3rd Battalion, the East Yorkshire Regiment, The undermentioned Gentlemen to be Second Lieutenant:- [...] Basil Owen Tatham. Dated 3rd June, 1902. [London Gazette]
    • War Office: Special Reserve of Officers - Infantry: 3rd Batt., East Yorks Regt: Captain B O Tatham resigns his commission (July 13) [The Times / London Gazette]
    Occupation abt 1912 - 1914  Malaya Find all individuals with events at this location ; Manager of Rubber Plantation  [8
    • Passenger on P&O "Maloja" arr Plymouth 02 Nov 1914: Mr B O Tatham, age 30, Rubber Planter, 2nd class, emb Colombo, resid Federated Malay States.
    Military Service 1914 - 1915  Army Officer, East Yorks Regt  [8
    • 3rd Battalion; attached to 2nd Battalion at time of death
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Report on his military service
    compiled by The Yorkshire Regiment Museum and Archive
    Post/Rank/Title 25 Sep 1914  Captain  [10
    • 3rd Battalion, The East Yorkshire Regiment, Basil Owen Tatham, late Captain of the Battalion, to be Captain. [London Gazette]
    Death 23 Apr 1915  Pilckem, Ypres, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Killed in action  [5, 8
    • Basil Owen Tatham was a casualty of the opening phase of the 2nd Battle of Ypres.
      After artillery bombardment and chlorine gas attack, the German infantry broke through the Allied front line and reached the high ground of Pilckem Ridge. The French troops were forced to retreat, leaving the 1st Canadian division dangerously exposed. The 2nd battalion East Yorks Regiment was ordered to reinforce the Canadians and moved up from reserve west of Ypres towards Brielen. The Canadian 3rd Infantry Brigade launched its counter-attack in the early hours of Friday 23 Apr 1915. Captain Tatham was killed in this operation.
    • Date of death 25 Apr 1915 per The Times obituary 30 Apr 1915; 23 Apr 1915 in all later sources.
    • Capt. Tatters, the soul of joy and life, when wounded severely in both legs and strongly recommended by Major Po to take cover in a shell hole, merely clamoured for a cigarette. He had hardly time to light it when he was unfortunately struck in the head by a fragment of shell and passed cheerily away West. ["The Snapper" {East Yorks Regt Magazine), Apr 1916]
    Burial 23 Apr 1915  No known grave Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    • Captain Basil Owen Tatham, 3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn., East Yorkshire Regiment, died age 31 on 23 April 1915. Son of Arthur Thomas Tatham, of 65, Oakwood Court, Kensington, London, and formerly of Doddlespool Hall, Staffs., and the late Eliza Hale Tatham. Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 21 & 31. [CWGC]
    • In grateful remembrance of our Gallant Dead who made the supreme sacrifice for King, Country and for Right in the Great War 1914-1919.
      Captain Basil Owen Tatham. East Yorks. Regt. 1915. [...]
      "Whose names are in the book of life"
      [War Memorial inside St Bertoline's parish church, Barthomley]
    • Named on the Roll of Honour which is situated along side the war memorial window in Betley church. See Lest we Forget - A Study of the Young Men of the Betley, Wrinehill, Ravenshall, Bowsy Wood & Balterley Districts who gave Their Lives in Two World Wars. Phil Coops - 2003. Publ. no. 85, Betley Local History Society.
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Betley Church - War Memorial Window
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Basil Owen Tatham (1884-1915)
    Barthomley Church - War Memorial Plaque
    Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
    Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
    East Yorkshire Regiment
    Probate 09 Feb 1916  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 574 13s. 10d.  [12
    • Tatham Basil Owen of Doddlespool Hall Crewe Captain 3rd battalion East Yorkshire regiment died 23 April 1915 in France Probate London 9 February to Arthur Thomas Tatham esquire and Cyril Eade solicitor. Effect 574 13s. 10d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Tatham, Basil Owen. b 25 Dec 1884: 2s of Arthur Thomas Tatham of Doddlespool Hall, Crewe: Bodeites: CQ 1898 - CQ 1901: 3rd E Yorks Regt 1902: Capt 1907: Retd 1912: In Gt War, attd 2nd Bn: Rubber planter in FMS: Killed in action nr Ypres 23 Apr 1915. [Charterhouse School Register, 1910; rev 1980]
    • Captain Basil Owen Tatham, East Yorkshire Regiment, was killed on April 25th aged 31 years. The elder surviving son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Thomas Tatham, of Doddlespool Hall, Crewe, he was educated at Charterhouse and was gazetted to the 3rd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment in June, 1902. On taking up the managership of a rubber plantation in the Federal Malay States in 1912 he resigned his commission, but on the outbreak of the present war he at once offered his services and returned home, and was regazetted to his old regiment in the same rank in September last. He took a draft to the front last February, and at the time of his death was attached to the 2nd battalion. [The Times, 30 Apr 1915]
    Person ID I1668  Tatham | Morris branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 05 May 2014 

    Father Arthur Thomas Tatham,   b. 02 Jul 1854, Stanmore Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1938, 65 Oakwood Court, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Eliza Hale Garnett,   b. 04 Oct 1847, Bleasdale Tower, Bleasdale Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1922, Doddlespool Hall, Crewe Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Marriage 02 Jun 1881  St James, Weybridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 13, 14, 15
    • On the 2d June, at the parish church, Weybridge, by the Rev. Canon Rose, assisted by the Rev. Granville E. Money, Arthur Thomas, eldest surviving son of the late Thomas Christopher Tatham, Esq., to Eliza Hale, only daughter of the late Wm. James Garnett, of Quernmore Park, Lancaster, Esq. [The Times]
    Association Family: William Garnett/Bertha Fanny Elizabeth Tatham (F0186) (Relationship: 2 sib = 2 sib) 
    Photos
    Doddlespool Hall
    Doddlespool Hall
    Home of Arthur Thomas Tatham & family from about 1890.
    A care home since the 1980s.
    Family ID F0183  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 25 Jan 1884 - Fairsnape, Weybridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 11 Feb 1884 - St James, Weybridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Doddlespool Hall, Crewe Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1893 - 1898 - Mostyn House Preparatory School, Parkgate Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Bodeites - 1898 - 1901 - Charterhouse, Godalming Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Bodeites, Charterhouse, Godalming Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manager of Rubber Plantation - abt 1912 - 1914 - Malaya Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Killed in action - 23 Apr 1915 - Pilckem, Ypres, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 574 13s. 10d. - 09 Feb 1916 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Chertsey, 1Q1884.

    2. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St James, Weybridge, 11 Feb 1884.
      b 15 Jan 1884

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 7

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 17

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

    6. [S05] The Times, birth notice, 29 Jan 1884.

    7. [S20] School and College Registers, Charterhouse.

    8. [S05] The Times, death notice, 30 Apr 1915.

    9. [S35] London Gazette, p 4122, 24 Jun 1902.

    10. [S35] London Gazette, 25 Sep 1914.

    11. [S34] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    12. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    13. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 06 Jun 1881.

    14. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Chertsey, 2Q1881.

    15. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 29 yrs