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Norman Oldham

Lieutenant in Royal Army Service Corps
Birthplace Cheshire Sale EnglandPlace of Death Surrey Cobham Date of Birth: January 1, 1880 Date of Death: March 30, 1939


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Norman Henry Oldham

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 1880 Q1 Sale, Cheshire

Date and Place of Death: 30/03/1939 “Aysgarth”, Cobham, Surrey

Nationality: British



Parents: Joseph and Mary Oldham (nee Kenyon) 

Parent’s occupations: Home Trade Merchant (Father)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 

BA Merton College, Oxford 1901, Temple Bar 1911

Occupation: Attorney at Law

Place of residence at Gretna: “A bungalow”

Job title at Gretna: Lieutenant in Royal Army Service Corps

Marital status: Lucy Alice (nee Phillips) Oldham (m. 1903), and Kathleen Ivy (nee Taylor) Oldham (m.1926 Q2)

Children: Conrad Henry (b.1904), Norman de Launey (b.1907) and Michael Hugh Risden Oldham (b.1929)

Travels: N/K

Awards/recognitions: N/K

Trivia / any other information: N/K



  • Books published (Title, year of publication, publisher): 
  • Books written about the individual or mentioning the individual (Title, year of publication, publisher): 
  • “The Law of Partnerships” (with J. A. Strachan)
  • “Bythewood and Jarman’s Law of Leases” (Editor)


  • Blogs about the individual: N/K
  • Websites about the individual: N/K

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Norman Henry Oldham

Norman Henry Oldham was an attorney-at-law who, served as a lieutenant 

in the Royal Army Service Corps at HM Gretna. He later worked for Queen 

Anne’s Bounty.


Norman was born in Sale in Cheshire early in 1880, the son of Joseph and Mary Oldham. Joseph was described as a merchant. Norman matriculated from Merton College, Oxford in 1901, and studied Law at London University. He qualified as an attorney at the Temple Bar in 1911. He married his first wife Lucy Alice Phillips in 1903 and they had two sons together, Conrad Henry (b.1904) and Norman 

de Launey (b.1907) (1).

When the War came, Norman joined up and was commissioned in 1915 as a lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was posted to HM Gretna, where he had responsibility for RASC personnel. The Royal Army Service Corps was the British Army’s supply, logistics and transportation section

At Gretna, he and Lucy shared a bungalow with Colonel Frederick Rideout, who was chief of the factory’s police force.

After the War, Norman, Lucy and Frederick were all employed by Ministry of Food. In the early 1920’s, Frederick and his wife Harriett moved in with the Oldhams at their home in Surrey, as paying guests.

In October 1925, Norman successfully sued Lucy for divorce citing her relationship with Frederick Rideout (2).

Norman married Kathleen Ivy Taylor in the Spring of 1926, and three years later they had a son Michael Hugh Risden Oldham.

Norman became the solicitor for Queen Anne’s Bounty, an endowment that supports the lower paid clergy of the Church of England.

He died on 30th March 1939 at home at the age of 59. Interestingly his obituary in the local newspaper claims that he served throughout the War in France(3).

  1. Annette family tree on
  2. Norwood News 16th October 1925
  3. Surrey Advertiser and County Times 8th April 1939

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