9114, Sergeant, Herman TRATTHEN
Aged 28

Army Veterinary Corps
attached to A Battery, 124th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Died from influenza on Tuesday 19th November 1918

Born in Q1-1890 in Normanby, nr Middlesborough [Middlesborough 9d:587] 3rd son of Josiah and Mary TRATTHEN (née SCOTT) of 3 Laird Street, Normanby, Yorkshire.

1891 census...Herman [1] was at 3 Laird Street, Normanby, Yorks., with his father Josiah [33] an ironstone miner, born St Blazy, Cornwall, his mother Mary [31] born Normanby and brothers Josiah [12] born New Marske, (nr Redcar) Yorks., and Benjamin [10] born Eston, (suburb of Middlesborough) Yorks., and his sisters Lily [11] born Guisborough, Sarah F [8] born Eston, Jane [6], Margaret E [4] and Hannah [3] all born in Normanby.

From an article by Joan Outhwaite for the Normanby History Group:- "1897 - Winnifred Tratthen (age 5) from Lambton Street murdered by Thomas Edward Lloyd Cheney (son of Thomas Cheney the landlord of the Cleveland Hotel, Normanby). He was detained in an asylum following trial at Leeds Assizes ."

1901 census...Herman [11] was now at 3 Middlesborough Road, Eston with his parents (father now a pawnbroker), brother Josiah was an assistant pawnbroker, sisters Jane, Margaret and Hannah. There were two new siblings, brother Archibald [5] born Normanby and sister Flossie [1] born South Bank.

1911 census... Herman [21] is at "Townsend", Chitterne All Saints, Codford, Wiltshire as a 21 yrs old jockey with Mr William Sainsbury. His parents (father now a stevedore) were at 11 Garden Street, Middlesborough with Hannah and Mager (must be Flossie), and Mary, her two daughters Budis [7] and Dorris [3] and her husband Andrew HEBDEN and their son Herman HEBDEN [7 months]. Archibald, [15] was in the stables of Samuel Loates at Beverley House, Exeter Road, Newmarket (Loates died in 1916 in Newmarket).

Possibly two brothers left for a while to seek their fortune elswhere since Mr J(aged 20) and Master H TRATTHEN (aged 15) were on the SS Gaika from Southampton to Cape Town on 20th August 1904. These could well have been Herman and his elder brother Josiah, (a Groom). Incoming from Durban, South Africa on 30th June 1906 on the SS Walmer Castle, docking at Southampton was H.Tratthen.

Herman's mother later moved to 4 Harwood Cottages, Newmarket according to CWGC.

Thanks to Joan Outhwaite of the Normanby History Group we have a newspaper extract from the Daily Gazette 25th November 1918: "TRATTHEN - On November 19th at Rouen Hospital from influenza, Herman, the dearly beloved son of Josiah and Mary Tratthen,late pawnbroker,of South Bank, aged 28. Deeply mourned by his sorrowing father and mother,brothers and sisters, sister in law and bothers in law".

A great many died of influenza towards the end of the war. Rouen was a large hospital base for the Army, with at least 8 general hospitals, but it was also base depot for the AVC (which gained the Royal prefix on the 27th November 1918).

Herman with his sister Jane

© Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Herman is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France- Ref:S.III.J.17
and commemorated on his family headstone in Newmarket cemetery (H 628)

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