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Biographical entry Jukes, Alfred (1792 - 1844)

MRCS April 17th, 1812; FRCS Dec 11th, 1843, one of the original 300 fellows.

24 September 1792
9 October 1844
General surgeon


Held the office of House Surgeon to the Birmingham General Hospital for ten years; he was then elected Surgeon in 1823 and held office until March, 1843, when his place was filled by S H Amphlett (qv), who had been his pupil. He appears to have belonged to a medical family in the town, for Fred Jukes, living at 45 Cherry Street, took his MRCS in 1819 and was also for ten years Resident Surgeon to the Birmingham General Hospital. Alfred Jukes died on or before July 28th, 1847.

See below for an amended version of the published obituary:

Alfred Jukes was a surgeon at Birmingham General Hospital. He was born in Bordesley, Birmingham, on 24 September 1792, the son of John and Elizabeth Jukes née Mansfield. The family were dissenters and Alfred was baptised on 30 October 1792 at the Unitarian New Meeting House in Moor Street, Birmingham. Alfred's father, John, inherited a manufacturing business from his father, Joseph, and in 1818, in Wrightson's Triennial Directory, he was described as a plater and button manufacturer. Alfred was one of at least eight sons and two daughters: three of the family died in infancy.

The 1841 census reported that Alfred Jukes was living at 17 New Hall Street, Birmingham, and he was described as a surgeon. He published a booklet: A case of carcinomatous stricture of the rectum; in which the descending colon was opened in the loin (London, Churchill, 1842). His brother, Frederick Jukes, was also a surgeon in Birmingham.

In April 1825 Alfred married Sarah Meredith, the daughter of James Meredith. They had three children, Sarah Elizabeth, Alfred Meredith and Joseph Hordern.

Alfred Jukes died on 9 October 1844 at his home at 17 New Hall Street, Birmingham, at the age of 52. A note on the back of his portrait says his death was caused by 'a fall on the stairs while attending a patient', but a report in the Admission Register of the Manchester School stated that he died 'after a long and painful illness, aggravated, if not caused, by injury received whilst dressing a very bad case of a patient at the hospital'.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Birmingham General Hospital and Triennial Musical Festivals, a series of papers from Aris's Birmingham Gazette of July and August, 1858(?), 47, 65, 66; information from Ian Hillman].

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