Henry Tann

Text and Research by Brian Roote

Born in Windsor in 1881 as Arthur Henry Tann. He enlisted in Guildford on 9 February 1900 and served in the Boer War. Awarded the South Africa Medal with Clasp, Orange Free State and Cape Colony Medals. On enlistment he was 5’6” tall, weighed 117lbs and had several moles. He was transferred to the reserves on 6 February 1908.

He was re-engaged on 7 February 1912 and married Elizabeth Charlotte Davis on 29 June 1912 at Holy Trinity Church, Reigate. At the time he was working at Caterham Asylum as an attendant. He was mobilised on 5 August 1914 and went to France on 21 October.

He served in the First World War as a Private in The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).  On 31 October 1914 the regiment was near Chevulet and he was posted missing. His wife was told he was a prisoner but a letter from the military later admitted they had confused him with another soldier and he was not a prisoner.

Letter regarding Henry Tann's status as a Prisoner of War

Title: Letter regarding Henry Tann's status as a Prisoner of War
Description: Thanks to Brian Roote by-nc

Elizabeth was awarded a pension of 18/9d weekly. His effects were £5.0s.7d plus War Gratuity £3

He is remembered on The Menin Gate, De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour and the Asylum Memorial in St Mary’s Church, Caterham.

Note;- His entry in the marriage register is as the name Taun


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