TATHAM Frank

Frank TATHAM

Tatham
NAVES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Frank originally served in the 4th Battalion. West Riding Regiment before been transferred, probably in August 1917, to the 1st/6th Battalion. London Regiment (City of London Rifles) part of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

He attested on 7th December 1915 at Halifax and was mobilized 10th February 1916.  He disembarked in France on 13th November 1916 returning home again in May 1917.  In August 1917 he was based at Ripon before returning to France.  Frank was killed in action on 13th October 1918 aged 26 and is buried at NAVES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (II. D. 13).

At the time of enlistment Frank lived at 3 Hunger Hill, and his occupation was a House Painter.  His parents were William and Sophia Tatham and he had two brothers (one older, one younger) and three younger sisters.  In 1911 the family lived at 25 Wellington Street, Queensbury.

The Halifax Courier 29th April 1916 records that his two brothers employers, J. Woodhead appealed their call-up, at the Queensbury tribunal.  Arthur worked as a polisher and Edward a cabinet maker, the appeal failed and both men were given until the 15 June 1916.

Edwin is on the Queensbury roll (of those who served) though service details are unknown.

Arthur was mobilized on the 4th July 1916 and disembarked in France on the 4th January 1917.  He served in the West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s).  Serving in France until 12th September 1919, Arthur returned home and was demobilized on 25th October 1919.  Though he survived the war he died just 2 years later aged 31.