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Bertram Tatham (1864-1923)

Obituary, Surrey Comet


Loss to the Public Life of Sunbury.

One of the Oldest Members of the Stock Exchange.

With tragic suddenness the death took place on Monday of Mr. Bertram Tatham, of Montford House, Sunbury, after an illness of only four days and as the result of acute blood poisoning.

The exact circumstances of the accident which led to his death are not definite, but it was while Mr. Tatham was rolling up some rusty barbed wire in his garden on Wednesday last that he scratched his hand. Nothing developed until the following morning when he had just stepped into his car, in which he was setting out for a holiday in Cornwall, when he was suddenly taken ill and returned to his house. Blood poisoning set in, and after being unconscious for a considerable time, Mr. Tatham died on Monday morning.

Mr. Tatham, who was in his 59th year, was the son of the late Mr. Henry Tatham, and married Miss F. Quick, daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Quick, who lived for many years at Cross Deep, Twickenham. He was the senior partner in the firm of Tatham & Quick, of 2, Copthall-buildings, E.C. and was one of the oldest members of the Stock Exchange, having been admitted in 1888. He had resided in Sunbury for the past 18 years at Montford House, a property which he had recently purchased, and to which he was deeply attached as it was the home of his boyhood, and he had also resided at Chesfield, Hampton Wick.

Apart from these years, during the greater part of his life Mr. Tatham had been a resident in Sunbury. But he had always held aloof from the public life of the village until the early part of this year when the Ratepayers' Association was formed, and this aroused his interest and he was eventually elected first chairman of the Association, a position which he filled with much credit until his retirement in March on being elected to the District Council,

When the Association decided to put five candidates into the field for election to the Council, Mr, Tatham at first demurred to being a candidate, but, on the retirement of Captain F. H. Harvey, he allowed his name to go forward and was triumphantly returned at the head of the poll, with a larger number of votes than any of the retiring councillors. Prom the moment of his election he made his personality felt in the Council chamber and had been elected chairman of the general purposes committee.

In politics Mr. Tatham was a staunch Conservative, chairman of the local Conservative Club and was, on the retirement of Dr. Handfield Haslett, elected chairman of the Spelthorne Conservative Association, in which capacity he had presided at numerous meetings in the district and had, only four weeks ago, held a garden party in the grounds of Montford House with the object of increasing the local membership. On that occasion Sir Philip Pilditch, M.P., referred to the excellent work which Mr. Tatham was doing in the district and said he was one of the hardest of workers for their cause.

The Chairmanship of the Sunbury Amateur Regatta Committee was another of Mr. Tatham's appointments, and it was in connection with this that he made his last public appearance as recently as Tuesday last week, when he intended going for a holiday two days later.

There was another sphere of Mr. Tatham's activities, but one of which it is difficult to say much because he let it be so little known, and that was his generosity. To any cases of illness or want, not only in Sunbury but elsewhere, Mr. Tatham was the most generous of givers. His only query was usually "What do they want?" and, having discovered that, he saw to it that they did not want for long. His personal charities were many, and an old friend said of him that he was the most exceptionally charitable and generous of men.

A special meeting of the Council was summoned last night when a vote of condolence was passed.

Mr. Tatham leaves a widow and three daughters, one of whom is married. The funeral takes place at Littleton Parish Church at 2.30 this afternoon.

The Surrey Comet. Wednesday, July 11, 1923.

Date11 Jul 1923
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