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Biographical entry Pilcher, William John (1837 - 1897)

MRCS April 13th 1860; FRCS Dec 9th 1869; LAH Dublin 1858; LM Rotunda Dublin 1859; JP.

16 August 1897
Boston, Lincolnshire
General surgeon


Born in Antigua in 1837, studied at Dublin, then acted as Ship's Surgeon on board a Cunard mail steamer. He settled in practice at Boston, Lincolnshire, where he was one of the founders of the Boston Hospital in 1871, begun by accommodating patients in two cottages in Irby Street. He was a Medical Officer of the Provident Dispensary, served as President of the Midland Branch of the British Medical Association, acted as Charity Trustee for Boston, was Deputy Chairman of the Deep Sea Fishery and Ice Company, and Trustee of the Parry Scholarship and Gold Medal. He was active in organizing University Extension Lectures and Gilchrist Trust Lectures in Boston from 1895. He was elected Alderman by the Boston Town Council. He was the oldest member of the staff of the Boston Hospital when he died at his house in High Street, Boston, after a fortnight's illness, on Aug 16th, 1897. He was buried in Boston Cemetery in the presence of a large assemblage of mourners.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1897, ii, 570].

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