TATUM, Bertie

No.722902, Private, Bertie TATUM
Aged 24

24th (County of London) Battalion ( The Queen's), London Regiment
formerly 6104, 24th (County of London) Battalion ( The Queen's), London Regiment
formerly 24056, 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in Action on 4th November 1917

Bertie Tatum was born in Cockfield (1st qtr 1893 Cosford 4a:764), son of Henry and Charlotte Ann TATUM (née BRADLEY). Baptised in Cockfield on 30th April 1893. His father died in 1896.

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Lavenham Road, Cockfield with his widowed mother Charlotte [50]; brothers Walter [19] farm labourer, and Charles [16],stockman on farm, and sister Constance [11]. All were born in Cockfield.

1911 census...Aged 18, a farm labourer, he was at Stows Hill, Cockfield with his mother

The pension card has his mother still at Stows Hill, Cockfield..

He enlisted in Lavenham
The Battalion war diary has:-
Sunday 4th Nov. 1917 - At 4:30 p.m. "A" and "B" Coys with 2 sections "C" and "D" Coys, carry out a raid with 2 Coys 23rd Bn on enemy front and support lines on a front of 600 yards E and SE of GAVRELLE VILLAGE. All objectives reached and raid successful in all respects. Congratulatory messages received from Army, Corps, Divisional and Brigade Commanders.

From the appendix it is found that they captured 2 other ranks of the 459th I.R., 2 light machine guns and quantities of documents, rifles etc. Over 65 killed. Our casualties, from 8 officers and 231 OR engaged were 2 officers wounded, 2 OR killed and 8 wounded. During the night a search party under 2nd Lt J.W. CARR voluntarily went out to find the body of one of the killed, this was eventually recovered from the enemy wire. The other man was so blown to pieces that it was impossible to recover him.

photo C.W.G.C.

Bertie Tatum is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Faubourg d'Amiens bay 9 or 10

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