Horace Paul Cath

Horace Paul Cath

Male Abt 1882 - 1916  (~ 34 years)

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  • Name Horace Paul Cath 
    Born Abt Jun 1882  Geneva, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Nov 1916  name on Memorial to the Missing on the Somme, Thiepval/near Thiepval, France (Battle of the Somme) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I30  CATH UK
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 

    Father Horace Cath,   b. 1859, Kings Norton [GRO 6c 432 - Mar] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1938, Lambeth [GRO 1d 197 - Sept] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Maria Stephanie [Berthe] Scherzinger,   b. 25 Dec 1858, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1933, Croydon [GRO 2a 434 - June] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Between 1881 and 1885  Geneva, SWI (Consular Records 7-947) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Daisy Ethel Eastwood,   b. 22 Jan 1886, Lambeth, LON Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Oct 1940, of pneumonia at 11.30 p.m./Sutton & Cheam Hospital [Surrey Mid E 2a 530 - Dec] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 31 Aug 1907  Croydon [PRO 2a 620 Sept] Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Horace Charles Cath,   b. 19 Jul 1909, Tooting, Wandsworth [Q3 1d 640] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Feb 1996, Stow-on-the-Wold, GLS [N. Cotswold 4851/16a 190 Feb] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [Natural]
     2. Berthe Gwendoline [Betty] Cath,   b. 15 Sep 1910, Croydon [2a 340 - Dec] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jun 2000, Newbury, BRK [West Berks 3191/51/078 - June] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     3. Ella Pauline Cath,   b. 12 Feb 1913, Croydon [2a 745 - Mar] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 2007, Newbury, BRK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [Natural]
     4. Bryan Hubert Cath,   b. 16 Mar 1917, 4 months after his father died/Kingston [2a 725 Mar] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Oct 1942, of tuberculosis/Godalming, SRY [2a 622 - Dec] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Horace Paul Cath [1882-1916]
    Horace Paul Cath [1882-1916]
    East Kent Regt 'The Buffs', private, KIA

    Horace Paul Cath [1882-1916]
    Horace Paul Cath [1882-1916]
    War memorial at St Paul's, Chessington
    Daisy Ethel & Horace Paul Cath
    Daisy Ethel & Horace Paul Cath
    Gravestone Epsom and Ewell Cemetery
    Thiepval Memorial 1
    Thiepval Memorial 1
    Thiepval Memorial 2
    Thiepval Memorial 2
    Thiepval Memorial 3 - inscription Cath H
    Thiepval Memorial 3 - inscription Cath H

  • Notes 
    • London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911 about Horace Cath
      Name: Horace Cath
      Age: 8
      Birth Date: Feb 1882
      School: Tooting Graveney Boys' School
      Borough: Wandsworth
      Admission Date: 12 May 1890
      Notes: Tooting Graveney School (0568) opened in 1882. Closed or reorganised in 194-
      Reference Number: LCC/EO/DIV09/TOO/AD/002

      Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 about Horace Cath
      Name: Horace Cath
      Gender: Male
      Age: 22
      Estimated birth year: abt 1882
      Date of Arrival: 12 Apr 1904
      Vessel: Lake Erie - Canadian Pacific line - 1900-1913
      Search Ship Database: View the 'Lake Erie' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
      Port of Arrival: St John, New Brunswick
      Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
      Roll: T-506
      Original also shows he was born in Surrey and was going to Winnipeg. Occupation ? Clerk

      Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933
      First Name(s):H
      Last Name:Cath
      Unit:East Kent Regiment (9th Batn)
      Series:Derby Scheme men, 20th January 1916 - 21st June 1916
      Regiment:East Kent Regiment (9th Batn)
      Reference:2496 / 7
      Page number:57
      Age:33 Years 0 Months
      Height:5ft 7in.
      Weight (pounds):135
      Chest size (inches):36
      Chest Expansion (inches):3
      Eye colour:
      Hair colour:
      Distinctive marks:
      Attestation date:01 December 1915
      Attestation place:London
      Remarks:58 Malvern Rd
      Notes:Derby Scheme men. '' Group 1'' is written on the cover and the spine. Group 1 of the Derby Scheme was the classification for single men aged 18; however, it is clear that recruits in this particular register fall into many different Derby Scheme categories. Dates and recruitment centres covered are: Kingston, 20th January 1916 to 21st June 1916, Wandsworth, 20th January 1916 to 13 April 1916; Croydon, 20th January 1916 to 14th April 1916. Recruitment numbers are not entered sequentially and range between 504 and 14710. This volume has been indexed.
      Transcriptions © The Surrey History Trust

      1 12 1915: G/11317 Private Horace CATH; 7th (Service) Battalion), The Buffs (East Kent Regiment); born Geneva Switzerland; enlisted St Paul's Churchyard. London, resident 38 Malvern Rd., Surbiton, Surrey, occupation cashier. Height 5' 7", weight 135 lbs, complexion sallow, eyes brown, hair brown, lineal scar top of scalp.
      Mobilised: 13 6 1916; posted 11 10 1916 and 21 10 1916
      18 11 1916: Missing [Papers state: Died as prisoner of war OR Killed in action] in France and Flanders. Awarded British War & Victory Medal: I.V. no. 397/1, Medal Roll no. 823

      In Nov 1916 the 7th Battalion was engaged in the last stages of the Battle of the Somme having been engaged in various earlier stages of the battle that had begun in 1 Jul 1916. The battalion was in Albert on 13 Nov, in Ovillers on 14 Nov and then moved into the front line on 16 Nov. It took part in an attack on Desire Trench on 18 Nov. 18 Nov 1916 was the official end of the Battle of the Somme.
      [Iain Kerr - GOONS]

      In Memory of HORACE CATH Private G/11317 7th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) who died on Saturday, 18th November 1916. Age 36. Additional Information: Son of Horace Cath, of 30, Kenilworth Rd., Penge; husband of Daisy Ethel Cath, of 65, Melfort Rd., Thornton Heath, Surrey. Commemorative Information Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Grave Reference/ Panel Number: Pier and Face 5 D Location: The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). [Commonwealth War Graves Commission]

      CATH, Horace; Corps E. Kent R. Rank Pte; Regt. No G/11317. Awarded British and Victory medals: Roll E/2/105B/5, Page 823


      Infantry Units - 53rd Brigade. (Service of the 7th Bn Buffs: Sep 1914 - 11 Nov 1918)

      Battles and Engagements - France and Flanders.

      Battle of Albert. 1-13 Jul 1916, including the capture of Montauban, Mametz, Fricourt, Contalmaison and La Boisselle.
      Battle of Bazentin. 14-17 Jul 1916, including the capture of Longueval, Trones Wood and Ovillers.
      Battle of Delville Wood. 15 Jul-3 Sep 1916.
      Battle of Thiepval. 26-28 Sep 1916.
      Battle of the Ancre Heights. 1-11 Oct 1916, including the capture of the Schwaben Redoubt, Stuff Redoubt and the Regina Trench.
      Battle of the Ancre. 13-18 Nov 1916, including the capture of Beaumont Hamel.

      Letters addressed to Mr & Mrs H. Cath
      30 Kenilworth Road, Penge, London SE, England
      No. 11317 Pte. H. Cath
      7th S/B Buffs
      A Company
      Oct. 28th 1916
      My dear Father & Mother,
      Just a few lines to let you know I am well and still cheerful and smiling though I must admit the life out here is such that no pen can ever adequately describe the conditions although I am hopeful someday of giving you some idea of them. Devastation and mud hold sway in all directions. I am hopeful that I shall be able to send you a few lines again soon, in several days perhaps and until then I guess my occupation will not be quite like anything pleasant, however I have got to come out of it alright.
      I have written Daisy to send me a parcel as I am finding it difficult to procure enough food otherwise and money is almost useless. Biscuits and chocolate are about the only eatables obtainable sometimes and they are very dear.
      If you should care to send me a parcel please see that packing is secure and address also.
      It may take a long time to reach me but it all depends upon where I get to.
      All the Boys are cheerful as ever and are sure the Huns wish there were not on our front. We have got the best of it and mean to keep on letting 'em know it until they are whacked.
      Hope you are both quite well.
      With best love
      Your loving son

      As above plus No. 1 Platoon
      10 November 1916
      My dear Father & Mother,
      Very many thanks for your good letter of 3rd November received yesterday on my return from the trenches and I am pleased to note its cheerful tone which harmonises with my own feelings, although there are two words which fit in with experiences recently much loved by the Cockney when he has been up against "it", "Gawd blimey". I may not say where I have been or what I have been doing but I must say that I shall not forget and in due course I hope to give you my impressions of life at the Front. For the present I must keep you cheery and let the goings on here look after themselves. In spite of everything my cheerfulness sticks to me like a good pal just as it does with practically everybody this side of the Bosch's trenches. I am sure I should not be in the same frame of mind were I in their shoes and it is no military secret to say that they are having a very hot time. I have not seen a newspaper for a month and have no particular desire to do so, at the same time I am glad to hear that things are going well with all the Allies who are now unmistakeably "top dogs".
      I have not received your parcel yet but am looking forward to it with joyful anticipation just as any schoolboy might. It is jolly good of you and many thanks also for the promise of an Xmas pudding. I do not expect to be home for Xmas worse luck. With regard to the knitted articles the helmet and muffler will be very acceptable if it will not put you to too much trouble and expense. I ought to be able to keep fairly warm with all my kit which includes a leather coat and woollen as well as leather gloves and very thick pants and vests also mittens. I shall not want for clothes or socks of any kind. I had a flannel body belt but have made it into a rifle cover as I cannot wear it, and it helps to protect a good friend from mud, etc.
      Have been all the afternoon scraping the mud off my clothes with a knife and have succeeded in getting myself a little less like a "mudded oaf".
      Will write again soon. With best love to you both and to Hubert and family.
      Your loving son

      Ella Cath writes:

      He died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war and has no grave - he'd only been out there a month or so. [This is what his family were told, but I think he was more likely KIA and his body never found] . He could easily have enlisted in St Pauls Churchyard as he worked quite near there but as you say, would not have been buried there.

      Our father went to Canada on a Government scheme - must have been quite young - and worked on a pig farm (might have been a general farm) with a mean farmer who fed him on pig meat including the fat and very little else and didn't pay him, so he had quite a job getting back home and eventually worked his way by ship - arrived with very little and I should imagine set him back quite a bit. By the time he was married he was a clerk with a Swiss firm called Baume [& Co] in [21] Hatton Garden - watch and clock makers - and worked on the accounts (so I understand).

      Regiment, Corps etc.: Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
      Battalion etc.: 7th Battalion.

      Formed at Canterbury Sept. 1914-K2-to Purfleet in 55th Bde. 18th Div. April Colchester. May 1915 to Salisbury Plain. July 1915 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 55th Bde. 18th Div. France; Pommereuil, east of Le Cateau.

      Last name: Cath
      First name(s): Horace
      Initials: H
      Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
      Enlisted: St Paul's Churchyard, London
      Residence: Surbiton, Surrey
      Rank: PRIVATE
      Number: G/11317
      Date died: 18 November 1916
      How died: Died
      Theatre of war: France & Flanders

      CATH Horace of 58 Malvern-road Surbiton Surrey private East Kent regiment died 18th November 1916 in Germany as a prisoner of war Probate LONDON 18 April [1918] to Daisy Ethel Cath widow. Effects £289 4s 4d.

      2 letters sent to Daisy, not dated but I think shortly pre-war:

      My dear Daisy,
      Many thanks for the note you left for me and also card today. Glad to hear you arrived safely.
      I shall certainly not be on starvation diet this side of Friday anyhow. Your estimate of my appetite is certain to keep me employed. I am attacking those provisions which are most likely to go off first. I quite realise what an exquisite comfort it must be for you to have a ‘’lay in’’, however since you bid me think of you in your enjoyment of that luxury, which in obedience to your desire, I shall do. I think I might as a set off ask you to kindly give a thought to my enforced (self imposed) evolutions in cold water, (shiver) at six a.m., which is needful for me to do in order that I may afterwards prepare my breakfast, eat it and then do the chores.
      So far your teapot has escaped and that being so I suppose the rest of the crockery needs no mention.
      I enclose two cards for you from Edie and Florrie and leave you to reply.
      Saw Suie today. She had a good time at Godalming last weekend and was quite ‘’charmed’’ with the place.
      I do not think there is anything further to mention except that I hope you will enjoy yourself. Of course Mrs Garrod quite knows how difficult it is to get a word out of you, you are so quiet you know, and probably by the time to come home arrives you will have discovered how really easy it is to talk in fact how awfully difficult it is not to.
      Hope the little ones are good. Give my love and kisses to them all.
      Much love to you dearest. Do not have a worry about me I am doing famously.
      Your loving hubby, Horace

      My dearest,
      I hope you received my note of yesterday.
      It may interest you to know that I continue to look cheerful in spite of my loneliness, that my shadow does not grow less, but that after my latest onslaught on the stock of tommy I am not so sure that there will be a crumb left after tomorrow.
      It is really surprising what a lot of pasty one can tuck away when nobody is looking on , and the marvel is that I do not turn a hair or remain sleepless or feel giddy.
      I suppose the great joy of being lord and master over the whole house enables me to overcome any of the common ills consequent upon a diet of cooked dough.
      Further I do not ask permission to smoke not do I need to seek permission to sit down, so that really life is full of joy ‘cause I’m fond o’ sitting and smoking.
      In addition it is such a boon to be able to find things where one leaves them instead of having to hunt all over the estate to find in the end that the butler or chauffeur or some other good intentioned soul has moved them. It is a beastly bore don’t cher know to have to go to bed alone but I can say I am almost free from bruises and scratches now and I do have a great big breakfast in the mornings.
      I do hope dear that you are always thinking of me, so much so that you cannot do anything else. I am a most worthy object of thought and bearing in mind all that you have done for me I think you should bestow upon me all the love and affection you are capable of in return. You witness what an extraordinary letter your provisions have caused me to write and all I can say is that the sooner you return the worse it will be for me. Anyone reading this would possibly think I had had a drop but as you know I like a lot and we’ll say no more about it.
      Please let me have a line when you are coming home.
      Love to you all, Your loving Hubby