Lt. Eric Howard Southam, Ox & Bucks

1896 May 18. Born Chadlington, Oxon

1901 census at Green End, Chadlington

1911 census at Chadlington, Oxon

1914 Oct 12. Landed in France

1917 Aug 1. Commissioned 2nd Lt

1918 Oct/Dec Married Lily M Hearne at Winchester and had 4 children. When Lily May died and my mum, Christine, was about 15, he remarried someone called Betty. There was a 13 year age gap and they didn’t have any children.

(he may well have married 4 times, but one would need certs to prove it.)

1921 Feb 3. Joined ADRIC with service no 1627.

1921 Feb 13. Posted to N Coy.

Fined £1 by Coy Commander, and further fines of £1 and 10/-

1921 Dec 20 to 2 Jan 1922 he was on leave, indicating that he served till demobilisation

1939 Register he is 96 Steventon Rd Abingdon, Berkshire. Occupation Soldier (On Leave). Lt Ox & Bucks. Wife Lily

1941 Feb 15 Transfers from Ox & Bucks to Pioneer Corps E H Southam no.36261

1979 Oct 26 Died High Wycombe, Bucks aged 83

2014 Sep 27. His British War Medal only sold on eBay