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Biographical entry Mordey, William (1803 - 1863)

MRCS March 4th 1825; FRCS (by election) May 9th 1861; LSA 1824; JP.

15 September 1863
General surgeon


The son of Thomas Mordey, shipowner; studied at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals and afterwards in Paris. He commenced practice in Sunderland in 1826, when he became well known during the cholera epidemic of 1831-1832. He had charge of the Cholera Hospital and was generally praised for the good service rendered. During a further epidemic of cholera in Sunderland in 1848-1849 he was again of service acting as Cholera Surgeon to Sunderland and Hartlepool, and as Quarantine Medical Officer.

For twenty-five years he was Surgeon to the Sunderland Infirmary. He served as a Magistrate and Alderman, distinguishing himself by promoting sanitary improvements, and in forming the People's Park. A sufferer from gout, which ran in his family, he sustained a compound fracture of the leg, which impaired his health. He had an apoplectic seizure and died on the following day, Sept 15th, 1863, at 59 John Street, Sunderland.

History and Medical Treatment of Cholera, as it appeared in Sunderland in 1831 (with W HASLEWOOD), 8vo, London, 1832.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England