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Frederick Gordon Brown

Frederick Gordon Brown was born 10 March 1842 to the London Surgeon Thomas Brown.

After leaving Merchant Taylors in 1859 he won a Medical Exhibition St Thomas’s Hospital and trained further in Paris. He was a Medical Officer of the City of London Union for 52 years.

He was Chief Surgeon to the City of London Police, in which capacity the above photograph was taken, conducting a medical, and for the 4th and the 7th Bttns, Royal Fusilliers,

He was also President of the Hunterian Society from 1892 to 1894, Master of the Society of Apothecaries in 1910, where he was known in later years as “the Father of the Society” and was also instrumental in the founding of St Mary Datchelor’s School for Girls in Camberwell.

Despite retiring in 1914 he returned to practise during the Great War to free his younger colleagues to take front line and other uniformed medical roles in the armed forces.

He has gained some additional immortality due to having been the doctor that performed the autopsy on Catherine Eddowes, one of the Whitechapel/Jack the Ripper victims.

He was Master of the Lodge in 1889 and again in 1895, and a Grand Officer. He was also a member of the Train Bands Lodge No 2524.

He died on 15 January