Surgeon Major William Eddowes – 1827-1880

The William Eddowes in this grave was buried (if you’ll pardon the pun) under a virtual landslide of Eddowes’ – from artists to Jack the Ripper victims, many in the armed forces, many in India and many called William. To confuse matters further, there were two William Eddowes, both from Shrewsbury, both doctors and both with sons called Cyril. So it is safe to conclude that they were related.

Our William was the second of John Eddowes’ and Maria Nealor’s nine children. He was born on 3rd October 1827 and, like his siblings, was christened in St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury. His father came from a long line of booksellers.

I could not find where Eddowes studied medicine but it is possible that, like his younger brother, Ralph, he, too, attended St Pancras in London. By the age of 23, he was a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. The same year, 1850, he added LSA (Licence of the Society of Apothecaries) to the letters after his name.

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