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Sylvia May Tatham

Female 1910 - 2003  (92 years)



  • Name Sylvia May Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Birth 17 May 1910  London? Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 6, 7
    • Her connection with Oswald Fordham Tatham and/or his wife Ada has not been established. Because of the age difference she cannot have been their daughter.
    • No record of her has been traced in British or Irish birth registers nor the 1911 census. Date of birth was 17 May 1910 per her death certificate in 2003, which is consistent with 1931 and 1939 passenger lists. Place of birth was London per 1939 passenger list; her death certificate gives it as County Cork and her maiden name as Cook, not Tatham.
    Occupation 1931  Nurse  [1
    • passengers on P&O "Orontes" arr Tilbury 09 Apr 1931:
      * Mr O F Tatham, Retired Major, age 70 [s/b 74], UK address Framfield, Uckfield, emb Gibraltar, resid England;
      * Miss S M Tatham, age 20, Nurse, UK address Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, emb Gibraltar, resid England.
    Marriage Nov 1938  Hong Kong Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 8
    John Theodore Ford,   b. abt May 1882, Portsea Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1948, Tamboerskloof Nursing Home, Cape Town, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence - 1939  Shanghai, China Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • passengers on "Empress of Canada" arr Vancouver 11 Jun 1939: John T Ford, 57 b Portsmouth, Treasurer; Sylvia M Ford, 28 b London, housewife; emb Shanghai, dest USA on temporary visa, last resid Shanghai.
    Residence 1946  73a Ebury St, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • also resid: Kathleen Crerar-Gilbert; Daphne E A Kingham.
    Residence 1947  43 Ebury St, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • also resid: David F Bosanquet; Wendy P Down; Reginald Ellis; Patricia M Reid; Charmain I Veasey.
    Residence 1951  9 Ospringe Rd, Kentish Town Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • Sylvia M Ford - identity not certain.
      also resid: John Ford [?]; Caroline A Cattaneo; Alfred L W Merritt; Alice H Merritt; Arthur A Woolmer; Francis G Woolmer.
    Residence 1952  Royal Waterloo Hospital, Waterloo Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Residence abt 1978 - 1981  54 Mattock Lane, Ealing Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Residence - 2003  St Wilfrid's Convent, 29 Tite St, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Death 30 Apr 2003  St Wilfrid's Convent, 29 Tite St, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 7, 8
    Notes 
    • Sylvia met John Theodore Ford in Shanghai as a nurse for his wife, (Ethel) Mary St Clair Davis. A year after Mary's death, in 1937, they were married in Hong Kong. They left China on one of the last liners, as Shanghai was burning during the invasion, and Sylvia often spoke of this as a traumatic moment.
      They lived on the Isle of Wight for many years and were happy there together. There was a period when they also had a London address. They were on a cruise around the world in 1948 when John died suddenly, and was buried in South Africa. Sylvia used to speak of him as a man who loved golf, horses dogs and a good joke.
      She spoke fluent Mandarin and Cantonese at one point, and later would often speak French and Spanish at lunch just for fun. The family remembers her as clever, witty and amusing, and sharp as a tack. She had many wonderful stories about China and Shanghai in the old days. She was quite a little woman, and always dressed conservatively in a skirt, blouse and cardigan with pearls. [8]
    Person ID I5192  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 04 Jul 2013 

    Father Oswald Fordham Tatham,   b. 13 Jun 1856, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1933, The Hawthorns, Framfield Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F1871  Family Group Sheet

    Family John Theodore Ford,   b. abt May 1882, Portsea Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1948, Tamboerskloof Nursing Home, Cape Town, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Engagement 29 Sep 1938    [3
    • The marriage between Major John Theodore Ford, OBE, and Miss Sylvia May Tatham will take place quietly at Hong-Kong early in November. [The Times]
    Marriage Nov 1938  Hong Kong Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 8
    Last Modified 03 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F1872  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 17 May 1910 - London? Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - Nov 1938 - Hong Kong Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Nov 1938 - Hong Kong Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1939 - Shanghai, China Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1946 - 73a Ebury St, Westminster Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1947 - 43 Ebury St, Westminster Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1951 - 9 Ospringe Rd, Kentish Town Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1952 - Royal Waterloo Hospital, Waterloo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1978 - 1981 - 54 Mattock Lane, Ealing Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 2003 - St Wilfrid's Convent, 29 Tite St, Chelsea Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 30 Apr 2003 - St Wilfrid's Convent, 29 Tite St, Chelsea Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Passenger Lists, Orontes, 07 Apr 1931.

    2. [S12] Passenger Lists, Empress of Canada, 11 Jun 1939.

    3. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 29 Sep 1938.

    4. [S25] Electoral Registers.

    5. [S17] Telephone Directories.

    6. [S41] Death Certificate, 30 Apr 2003.

    7. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Kensington & Chelsea, May 2003.
      b 17 May 1910

    8. [S03] Family Members, KS.