Arthur Albert Tatham (1887-1918)

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Arthur Albert Tatham was born at Sowerby, Halifax, the son of woollen card dresser Benjamin Tatham and his wife Ellen.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family was residing at Row Bottom, Sowerby. By 1901, 13-year-old Arthur was working as a woollen piecer.

He married Emma Crowther[1] on 25 September 1909 at the Registry Office in Halifax. They initially lived at 3 Hoyle Bank Head, Luddenden Foot, before moving to to 24 Cliffe Ash, Golcar, and Arthur found work as a woollen fettler.[2]

They had two children, although the youngest was born after Arthur's death:

  • Jessie Tatham (1915-?)[3]
  • Mildred Tatham (1919-1998)[4]

He enlisted in June 1916 and was called up in May 1918, initially training with the Worcester Regiment (7th Reverse Battalion) at Blyth, Northumberland, until 26 September. He was then transferred to the 8th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) on 30 September.

Arthur Albert Tatham was killed in action on 20 October 1918 and was buried at Quievy Communal Cemetery, France. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at St. John's Church, Golcar.

The following year, Emma received her late husband's possessions, which included a notebook, wallet and a mirror, and she was awarded Arthur's Army pension of 20/5 per week.

Emma married Harold Gee in 1920. She died in 1974.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Born 22 August 1877.
  2. 24 Cliffe Ash is now part of the Colne Valley Museum.
  3. Born 9 May 1915 at Golcar. Married c.1936 to Richard Powell.
  4. Born 25 March 1919 at Golcar. Married David J. Davies in 1940.