Arthur Frederick Tatman.

. As private 39424 he served in Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment) and died of wounds on Monday 19th March 1917 in France & Flanders aged 23. 

Born at Stanground, Hunts, he enlisted Huntingdon whilst living at Diddington. 

He was the only son of Arthur and Louisa Tatman, of Diddington, nr. Buckden, Hunts. 

Formerly he served as private 931 in the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. 

He was buried in Contay British cemetery, Contay, Somme, France. Grave VII. D. 12. 

The National Roll of the Great War, Section XII, Bedford & Northampton - ISBN 1 897632 93 2 it states - 'He volunteered in 1915, and after his training, was retained on police duties in England until drafted to the Western Front in the following year. There, after taking part in many important engagements, he was mortally wounded in action at Albert, and unhappily died on March 19th. 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. "

"A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life's last hill." " Diddington, Hunts. Z4362.' 

7/4/1917   - Pte. A. Tatman (attached Royal Berks), only son of Mr. & Mrs. Tatman, of Diddington, died of wounds on the 10th by shrapnel.   His mother received a post card from him on the 16th saying he was wounded and admitted to hospital.  Subsequent letters from the Sister in Charge , however, revealed that no hope was possible from  the first.  On the 20th a letter was received saying his wound was serious, but that, as he was a splendid patient, they hoped to pull him through.  Another on the 23rd said he was past recovery.  He was a general favorite, always ready to help a good cause, a member of the choir and a Sunday School teacher, and he will be greatly missed.  The saddest thing of all is that he was only a child.  He joined the Cyclists Battalion in the first year of the war, and went to France last July.  A memorial service was held on Sunday

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He is remembered on the Diddington War Memorial.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith