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Vollrath Tham
Tham in 1960.
Birth name Vollrath Sebastian Adolf Wilhelm Tham
Nickname Vova[1]
Born (1913-12-03)3 December 1913
Died 28 January 1995(1995-01-28) (aged 81)
Place of death Uppsala, Sweden
Buried at Lidingö Cemetery
Allegiance Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Army
Years of service 1936–1968
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit Volunteer Corps (1939–40)
ONUC (1963–64)
Commands held Battalion XXII K
Battles/wars Winter War
Congo Crisis

Vollrath Sebastian Adolf Wilhelm Tham (3 December 1913 – 28 January 1995) was a Swedish Army officer. Tham served in the Volunteer Corps during the Winter War in Finland and as battalion commander in Congo during the Congo Crisis. Tham retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1968.


Tham was born on 3 December 1913, the son of August Vilhelm Vollrath Tham (1883–1938) and his wife Karin, née Berg (1882–1974).[1][2] Tham was commissioned as an officer in Svea Artillery Regiment in 1936 with the rank of fänrik. Tham passed the Higher Artillery Course at the Artillery and Engineering College and attended the Swedish Army Physical Training School (Arméns gymnastik- och idrottsskola). He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1939. When the Winter War in Finland broke out in November 1939, Tham joined the Swedish Volunteer Corps as a fire control officer. He was present at the time when regimental comrade Lieutenant Colonel Magnus Dyrssen was killed.[1]

In 1944, Tham was promoted to Captain and in 1954 to Major. He then served as a teacher at the Royal Swedish Army Staff College. In 1956 he transferred to Skaraborg Armoured Regiment but returned to the artillery in 1960 as a Lieutenant Colonel in Småland Artillery Regiment. From 1963 to 1964, Tham served as commander of the Swedish XXII K Battalion during the Congo Crisis. He retired from the military at Småland Artillery Regiment in 1968.[1]

After completing military service, Tham ran his own engineering firm for oil sanitation issues.[1]

Personal life

Tham was married to Christina with whom he had two sons; Pehr and Gustaf.[1]

Tham died on 28 January 1995 in Uppsala and the funeral was held on 10 February 1995 at Vaksala Church in Uppsala.[3] Tham was interred in a family grave in Lidingö Cemetery on 10 July 1995.[2]

Dates of rank

Awards and decorations


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Reuterswärd, Carl; Folcker, Bror (22 February 1995). "Vollrath Tham" (in Swedish). p. 21. Retrieved 14 May 2020. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Vollrath Sebastian Adolf Wilhelm Tham" (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 May 2020. 
  3. "Vår käre Vollrath Tham" (in Swedish). 4 February 1995. p. 14. Retrieved 14 May 2020. 
  4. (in Swedish) Sveriges statskalender för skottåret 1964. Uppsala: Fritzes offentliga publikationer. 1964. p. 377. 
  5. (in Swedish) Sveriges statskalender för året 1942. Uppsala: Fritzes offentliga publikationer. 1942. p. 340. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Nils-Olof Hederén
Battalion Commander in the Congo
December 1963 – May 1964
Succeeded by

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