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Eric Herbert John GOATHAM

Eric Herbert John GOATHAM

Male 1921 - 2004  (82 years)    Has 390 ancestors and 4 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Eric Herbert John GOATHAM 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born 11 May 1921  46a, Dornton Road, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: q2 1921 Wandsworth 1d 1280
    Birth certificate for Eric Herbert John Goatham
    Birth certificate for Eric Herbert John Goatham
    Baptised Sep 1921  St. Stephen’s Church, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • The photos which appear to show him in a Baptismal robe are marked Sept. 1921, I have no other evidence of this date.

      I didn't make a note of where Daddy was baptised when he was alive - from memory I think it was St. Stephen's. I know he said it had a pulpit in the centre! (see the church website)
    A Baptism Day photo?
    Aged about 4 months
    A closer view
    Gender Male 
    Education From 1926 to 1935  St. Mary’s CofE School, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Approximate dates
    Religion Altar Server 
    From 1934 to 2002 
    • In various places
      My Dad was taught to serve at St. Mary's Balham by Will Massey, I believe c. 1934 or 5  and only ceased serving after a stroke in 2002 which impaired his mobility.

      He served regularly at St. Mary's Balham from c. 1935 - 1956, except for being away serving in the RAF for much of WW2 - though he continued to serve in various parts of the world throughout his RAF years.

      When my parents moved to Petts Wood on marrying he became a server at St. Francis, where he was head server and sacristan for a good mumber of years up to 1988. Although mainly involved with St. Francis, he also served regularly at the 11am High Mass at The Annunication, Chislehurst until 1971 when it was necessary to cease going there to fit in with his children's Sunday School attendance at St. Francis.

      In 1988 on retiring to Devon he became a server at St. Saviour's Dartmouth where he continued as a server until his stroke in 2002.  

      He joined the GSS on 26 Jan 1947 and remained a member for the rest of his life.
    Confirmation 11 Dec 1934  St. Mary’s Church, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Draughtsman 
    From 1935 to 1940 
    • On leaving school (in about 1935) my father became a draughtsman in a drawing office (from what he said). The 1939 registration shows he still was (he is described there as 'Junior Draughtsman (Gen Engr)', but I know that he moved to work for National Benzol before joining the RAF in WW2; end date is a guess based on this.
    War Service Auxiliary Fire Service - messenger boy 
    From 1939 to 1941  Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Before he joined the RAF.
      The bombs which fell in the London blitz are shown on a map on the Bomb Sight website, the bombs in Balham can be seen here.
    Residence 29 Sep 1939  Cavendish Road School LEB Sub Station, Wandsworth, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • At this address were 20 Auxiliary Firemen (all men), my father, who was an 'AFS [Auxiliary Fire Service] Messenger', 4 whose entries were still closed (as at 18 Feb 2016) - probably messengers or firemen - and last listed a 25 year old woman, Joyce HUGHES (later THOM) shown as W. A. F S (no doubt Women's Auxiliary Fire Service - but her role is not spelt out - I guess admin or caring for the men!)

      [Address as transcribed by FMP; not vieweable on image as at 18 Feb 2016 as first person at the address closed; FMP transcribers are not the best and so the address must be viewed with caution until viewable on the image]
    Occupation Accounts clerk 
    From 1940 to 1979  London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service RAF in WW2 
    From 1941 to 1947 
    In his RAF uniform
    In his RAF uniform
    See more photos of my Dad during his RAF years in this album.
    Hobbies TocH 
    From 1947 to 1988  (mainly), Orpington, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • My Dad joined TocH on 8th July 1947 as member no. 95633. I don't know what branch he belonged to initially but joined the Orpington Branch after moving to Petts Wood on marrying in 1956. He was treasurer of that branch from 15 Nov 1957 to 31 March 1976.
      After moving to Dartmouth in 1988 he investigated but there was no branch nearby - I think the nearest was Newton Abbot - and his involvement ceased.
    Residence In retirement 
    From 1988 to 2003  18, Yorke Road, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Once free of responsibilities for relations in Sussex, my parents retired to Devon where my mother had always longed to live.
    Died 23 Feb 2004  Salisbury District Hospital, Wiltshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Funeral 1 Mar 2004  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Gillingham, Dorset, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated 1 Mar 2004  Salisbury Crematorium, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 7 Mar 2004  St. Peter’s Church, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Grant of Administration Calendar entry 
    6 Apr 2004  Probate Registry Office, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From Find a will website and I was the person granted admon.
      (Salisbury is a sub-office of the Winchester Registry)
    Medical
    • My Dad used to tell a tale of how when he was a boy he had his tonsils out. While he was in the hospital, on the day of his op., there was a serious tram crash and beds were needed for the injured - so he was sent home that day!

      He enjoyed pretty good health, with rarely a day off work, until his memory started failing slightly and he had a TIA in, I think, 1987. But the memory problem remained very slight until the late 1990s, and it was only the last year or so of his life when it really became a bit of an issue.

      My mother was the one most affected - when, for example, she was waiting as arranged at one place while he waited at another! Luckily, knowing so many people in Dartmouth someone thye knew would notice and tell them where the other was. I experienced incidnets like this a few times. For example, when we went to Eastbourne together in 2000, following my Godmother's death, and my Dad decided to browse in the Tourist Information Centre while my mother and I went to the florist. We'd agreed to meet him there - but when we got there he'd gone. Fortunately it didn't take us too long to locate him.

      In August 2002 he had a small stroke which was more than a TIA, resulting in him being in hospital for a few weeks. His mobility was affected rather than his speech, and he never drove again (not that he should have been driving up until then, but thankfully he had no accidents).
    Miscellaneous
    • I could write lots about my Dad - and will add more in time. But my notes will probably be a bit unbalanced for quite a while, because I'm adding anecdotes as they come to my mind, which may well slip it when I sit down to right a balanced account of my Dad.

      A train enthusiast, there is a plaque to both my parents at Totnes Littlehempston Station for the voluntary work they did for the South Devon Railway.
    Person ID I5  All | Teresa's direct ancestors, England: Kent Group (in Go(a)tham One-Name Study), England: Kent Group - subjects of Go(a)tham One-Name Study, All in the Goatham / Gotham One-Name Study , All subjects of the Goatham / Gotham One-Name Study, The descendants of Charles Court and Frances née Tapner, The descendants (and other halves) of Charles Goatham and Sybilla née Hunt, The descendants (and other halves) of George Goatham and Ann née Winch, The Inman eighth - ancestors and descendants of Philip Inman and Sarah née Craven, The descendants (and other halves) of John Prior and Amy née Reynolds, The descendants (and other halves) of Richard Whitehead and Mary née Grigsby
    Last Modified 13 May 2020 

    Father Charles Robert ("Charlie") GOATHAM,   b. 6 Jul 1885, 2, Westbrook Cottages, Westbrook, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1951, St. John‘s Hospital, St. John‘s Hill, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Maggie Alice Gwendoline ("Dollie") INMAN,   b. 21 Mar 1883, 22, Fawcett Street, Fulham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1965, Lubbock House, Tubbenden Lane, Orpington, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1911  St. James’ Church, Westgate on Sea, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Goatham, Charles R to Inman, Maggie A G q4 1911 Thanet RD 2a 2285
    Certificate for the marriage of Charles Robert Goatham to Maggie Alice Gwendoline Inman
    St. James' Church, Garlinge and a Vicar, the Revd. Mark Cassidy
    St. James' Church, Westgate / Garlinge
    Children
    +1. Eric Herbert John GOATHAM,   b. 11 May 1921, 46a, Dornton Road, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 2004, Salisbury District Hospital, Wiltshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     
    Photos
    Charles Goatham and Maggie ('Dolly') Inman
    A Baptism Day photo?
    Family ID F48    |  Family Chart

    Family Brenda Evelyn BAILEY,   b. 1 Jan 1930, “Electra”, 84, Main Ridge, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 2003, Torbay Hospital, Torquay, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Engaged Abt 1955  Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Engagement photo of Eric Goatham and Brenda Bailey
    Engagement photo of Eric Goatham and Brenda Bailey
    Going to date this I realise I don't know when my parents became engaged - I'll have to look in their diaries!
    Banns of marriage In the Parish my Dad lived in 
    Jun 1956  The Ascension, Balham Hill, Malwood Road, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Banns certificate for the marriage of Eric Goatham to Brenda Bailey
    Banns certificate for the marriage of Eric Goatham to Brenda Bailey
    Banns had to be read at three churches as my parents lived in 2 different parishes and married in a third (at the church at which they mostly worshipped).
    Banns were read at The Ascension, Balham Hill as my Dad was living in that parish.
    Banns of marriage In the Parish my Mum lived in 
    Jun 1956  St. Luke’s Church, Battersea, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Banns certificate for the marriage of Eric Goatham to Brenda Bailey
    Banns certificate for the marriage of Eric Goatham to Brenda Bailey
    Banns certificate for the marriage of Eric Goatham to Brenda Bailey
    Banns were read at St. Luke's Church, Battersea as my Mum was living in that parish.
    Married 7 Jul 1956  St. Mary’s Church, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Goatham, Eric H J to Bailey, Brenda E q3 1956 Wandsworth RD 5d 1595
    Certificate for the marriage of Eric Goatham to Brenda Bailey
    Certificate for the marriage of Eric Goatham to Brenda Bailey
    Children 2 children 
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F2    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to hide
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 May 1921 - 46a, Dornton Road, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - Sep 1921 - St. Stephen’s Church, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsEducation - From 1926 to 1935 - St. Mary’s CofE School, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsConfirmation - 11 Dec 1934 - St. Mary’s Church, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsWar Service - Auxiliary Fire Service - messenger boy - From 1939 to 1941 - Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Accounts clerk - From 1940 to 1979 - London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsEngaged - Abt 1955 - Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBanns of marriage - In the Parish my Dad lived in - Jun 1956 - The Ascension, Balham Hill, Malwood Road, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBanns of marriage - In the Parish my Mum lived in - Jun 1956 - St. Luke’s Church, Battersea, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Jul 1956 - St. Mary’s Church, Balham, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Teresa Ann GOATHAM - 31 Jan 1963 - Farnborough Hospital, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - In retirement - From 1988 to 2003 - 18, Yorke Road, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Feb 2004 - Salisbury District Hospital, Wiltshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsFuneral - 1 Mar 2004 - St. Mary the Virgin Church, Gillingham, Dorset, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 1 Mar 2004 - Salisbury Crematorium, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 Mar 2004 - St. Peter’s Church, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsGrant of Administration - Calendar entry - 6 Apr 2004 - Probate Registry Office, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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    Pin Legend Address Church or Cemetery Military service or death Hospital Small location Town / City County, state or province Country Registration District Place of education Court Property Not Set

  • Photos
    At wedding at Coventry
    At wedding at Coventry
    My grandfather and great aunt Doris at the wedding of a nephew; also my father.

    Albums
    My Dad (Eric Goatham) as a boy
    My Dad (Eric Goatham) as a boy (4)
    I have many small photos of my Dad as a boy. I have very few of him before the age of about 3 so would guess my grandfather bought (or was given) a camera in about 1924. (His younger brother William Frank who had emigrated to the USA sent a photo taken in August 1923, on the day he had bought a camera - perhaps this prompted my grandfather to do likewise). Over time I will be scanning all the photos and probably adding them here, though I may create a Flickr album instead and give a link here to that.

    At the moment there are some more pictures in my Picasa albums.
    My Dad (Eric Goatham) during WW2
    My Dad (Eric Goatham) during WW2 (7)
    My Dad (Eric Goatham) as a young man
    My Dad (Eric Goatham) as a young man (1)