Tattum, John Henry

John Henry Tattum was born in Bagillt, Flintshire during 1898.

His grand-parents were John and Rebecca Tattum, who in 1881 lived at Coleshill Fechan, Bagillt, Flintshire. They had 5 (five) children – Francis Tattum (John Henry Tattum’s father), Selina Tattum, Rebecca Tattum, John Tattum and George Tattum.

The 1911 Census tells us that the family lived at Coetia Gwyn, Bagillt.   The head of the family was Francis Tattum aged 52, who was employed by United Alkali as a Vitriol Maker (also known as a Sulphuric Acid Man – Engaged on a plant producing sulphuric acid by either the chamber or contact process). Not a very healthy occupation.  His wife was Mary Emily Tattum aged 40 and their 8 (eight) listed children were Bertie Tattum aged 14, John Henry Tattum aged 13, Ewart Tattum aged 12, Daniel Tattum aged 10, Dorcas Tattum aged 9, Gertie Tattum aged 7, May Tattum aged 6 and Ivy Tattum aged 1 year.

John Henry enlisted in Flint. He was killed in Action on Tuesday 9th October 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele, aged 19 years.

Francis Tattum died on 28 December 1924.   His estate totalled £288.00, which he left to his eldest son Alfred Tattum, who was then employed as a Silk Worker.

On 10 May 1918 a payment of £4.13s.2d was made by the War Office to Francis Tattum, this being monies owed to his son John.  On 21 November 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £3.10s.0d was also made to him.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of  Honour Card for John Henry Tattum at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which was completed on 6 September 1919 by his brother Albert.

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