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Biographical entry Woodhouse, Thomas James (1834 - 1902)

MRCS March 20th 1857; FRCS Dec 6th 1860; MB Lond 1864; MD 1865.

11 June 1902
General surgeon


Educated at the City of London School and studied at St Thomas's Hospital. He was then House Surgeon to Queen Adelaide's Dispensary, and next Assistant to Dr William Callender Tidy, practising at Cambridge Heath, Hackney, his Hackney address being Woburn House, Wells Street. He soon bought a practice at Fulham, lived at Ranelagh Lodge, and was Medical Officer to the Fulham Female Prison until it was closed.

He interested himself in archaeology and assisted greatly in the restoration of Fulham Church, publishing in 1864 a paper read to the British Archaeological Society on the tombs, monuments, and epitaphs in and without the church.

In 1887 he removed to Putney and was Medical Officer to the Royal Hospital for Incurables on Putney Heath, to which he devoted himself, gradually giving up private practice. On his retirement from that post the patients presented him with an illustrated address and a gold watch in appreciation of his thirty-six years of faithful service to the Institution, on Jan 1st, 1902. For a time he was also Visiting Medical Officer to the Reformatory and Convalescent Home, Parson's Green. He was a book collector of experience and acquired a fine library.

He died after a short illness, at Amboise, Rusholme Road, Putney, on June 11th, 1902. He married in 1868 Florence (d 1892), the youngest daughter of Captain Chawner, of Newton Valance, Hampshire, and was survived by three sons. His funeral in Putney Cemetery was attended by seventeen incurable patients in their invalid chairs. There is a portrait of him in the Fellows' Album.

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