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Name: Dorothy Boyse

Burial Number: 1920

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of Arthur Boyse

Born: 00/5/1888

Died: 19/02/1964

Buried: 24/02/1964


Dorothy was born in 1888 in Reigate, Surrey, the daughter of Montague and Lucy Mellersh. Her father was working as a brewer in the family Brewery. She was baptised at St Matthew’s Church, Redhill on 27 May 1888.

In 1891 Dorothy was living with her family at 2 Ringmer Cottages, Blackborough Road, Reigate.

By 1901, the family had moved to Worthing where Montague ran a dairy. Montague died on 15th November 1905 in Worthing.

Dorothy married Arthur Boyse on 21 October 1914 at Heene. Arthur was the organist at St. Botolph’s church for 53 years.

The couple had four children:- Ida born 18th December 1916 Worthing, died 1973 Brighton; Bernard Alan James born in 1917,Worthing, Bernard was killed on 21 July 1941. His name is on the Runnymede Memorial;  Edward Arthur Boyse 11th August 1923 Worthing. Died 14th July 2007, Tuscon USA; Benjamin J born 11th January 1928, Married Beryl Jean Brace  18th October 1952, Died 2004 Surrey.  .

Arthur died 4th February 1940. Bernard was killed on 21 July 1941. His name is on the Runnymede Memorial. Dorothy died on 19th February 1964 at 8 Princess Street, Camberley, Surrey. Probate was granted on 16 April to Lloyds Bank Ltd. Effects £804. (approx £14K in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Dorothy Boyse

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 4 Plot: 8

Exact Location (what3words): recall.feels.gross

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Arthur Boyse died 4th February 1940 aged 82 organist and choirmaster at Heene Church for over 50 years and his beloved wife Dorothy Vera died 19th February 1964 aged 75

Further Information


Name: Dorothy Vera Boyse

Gender: Female

Born: 00/5/1888

Town: Reigate

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name:Mellersh

Marriage Date: 21/10/1914

Spouse First Name: Arthur

Spouse Last Name: Boyse

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 19/02/1964

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 8

Address line 3: Princess Street

Town: Camberley

County: Surrey

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £804 0 s 0 d

Current value of effects: £14000

Census Information


2 Ringley Cottages, Blackborough Road, Reigate
Montague aged 27, brewer. Lucy aged 26. Dorothy aged 2. Ida aged 1.


Puckaster, Grand Avenue, Worthing.
Montague aged 37, milk dairyman. Lucy aged 36. Dorothy Vera aged 12. Ida aged 11. Oswald aged 8. Plus cook & housemaid.


“Shirley” Heene Road, Worthing.
Lucy aged 45, widow & dairy proprietress. Dorothy Vera aged 22. Ida aged 21, dairy clerk. Oswald aged 18, aviation pupil. Frederick Sergeant aged 84? father.


32 Grafton Road, Worthing Sussex 
First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Arthur Boyce
M 1859 62 Bedford, Bedfordshire Organist & Teacher Of Music Rector Of Heene Church Worthing
Dorothy Vera Boyce
F 1889 32 Reigate, Surrey
Ida Mary Boyce
F 1917 4 Worthing, Sussex
Bernard Alan James Boyce
M 1918 3 Worthing, Sussex


49 Haynes Road, Worthing.

Arthur, organist. Dorothy, domestic duties. Ida, Boots shop assistant, ARP Scheme first aider. Edward, at school. Benjamin, at school.

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette – 5th August 1914 – An Organist’s Prospective Marriage

Interesting particulars relating to Mr A Boyse, organist of St Botolph’s Church, appear in the Heene Parish Magazine, from the pen of the Rev. J.P. Fallowes. After announcing that Mr Boyse has gone to Margate for three weeks, this being the first holiday he has taken for nineteen years, the Rector proceeds to announce “with much pleasure and interest” that Mr Boyse has lately become engaged to Miss Dorothy V Mellersh, so well known as a valued and valuable Church worker at Heene. The notice concludes: “We express every good wish to Mr Boyse and Miss Mellersh for a very happy union”.

Buckingham Advertiser, 31 October 1914 A popular Wedding

Much interest was exhibited in the wedding of Miss Dorothy Vera Mellersh (eldest daughter of the late Montague Neale Mellersh and of Mrs Mellersh of West Worthing) Arthur Boyse, Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, which took place at St Botolph’s Church, Worthing Wednesday 27inst. The ceremony was performed by the Rector of Heene, Rev. J.P. Fallowes assisted by the Revs. LS Blenkins, C Pennington, EL Bull, and WE Layton. The service was fully choral, the hymns that were sung being “How welcome was the call” “O perfect Love” and “O Father, all creating”.

The bride who was given away by her brother Dr. Oswald L Mellersh, was attired in a dress of ivory duchess satin, with overskirt of chiffon, trimmed with a wreath of orange blossom, and carried a sheaf of lilies (given by the bridegroom). Three bridesmaids were in attendance, these being Miss Ida Mellersh (sister of the bride), Miss Mary Fallowes,  and Miss Winifred Swann. They wore dresses of cream crepe de chine, trimmed with lace, and orange ribbon sashes, with hats of crepe de chine trimmed with brown fur, orange chrysanthemums and ribbon. The wore brooches and carried sheaves of white chrysanthemums both being the gift of the bridegroom. Mrs Mellersh, (mother of the bride) wore a coat and skirt of prune cloth trimmed with black satin, and a prune silk hat with a white and prune feather. The presents were numerous and handsome, amongst them being a cheque for the congregation of St Botolph’s Church, a handsome hearth rug from the adult members of the choir, (the bridegroom having held the position of organist of the church for many year past), and a salad bowl and fish knives from the teachers of the Sunday School, with which the bride was connected.

The bridegroom is a native of Buckingham a son of the late Mr Thomas Boyse, and as some of our readers may remember, had his first experiences as a musician on the organ of the Parish church when quite a youth.

Mellersh & Neale Brewery Reigate - 1906

The family brewery was acquired in 1801 by Thomas Neale, then in 1850 the brewery passed to Thomas Neale’s son who founded a partnership with Frederick Mellersh (Dorothy’s Grandfather)

Mellersh Brewery advert 1890

Bernard Alan J Boyse

Worthing Herald 25 July 1941 – Reported Missing

Sergt.-Pilot Bernard Alan J. Boyse, eldest son of Mrs Dorothy Boyse, of 49 Haynes Road, Worthing, and the late Mr Arthur Boyse, F.R.C.O., has been reported missing.

Twenty three years old, he was an old boy of Worthing Boy’s High School, and was a keen supporter of the Old Azurians’ Rugby Club.

On leaving school he entered the firm of Ricardo-Thornycroft, at the Bridge Works, Shoreham.

Worthing Herald 17th September 1943 – Worthing Man Gets His Wings – Comes out Top

A former pupil of Worthing High School for Boys, L/AC Edward Arthur “Teddy” Boyse, R.A.F., has just gained his wings in Canada.

His mother, Mrs Boyse, of 49 Haynes Road, Worthing, received a cable containing the news on Monday.

She told a “Herald” reporter: “Teddy has not only gained his wings but he has come out top in the examinations. He does not say whether he is now a Sergeant Pilot or a Pilot Officer, and whatever he is you can be sure I am very proud of him.”

L/AC Boyse, who is 20 years of age, was formerly employed at Goring branch of the Midland Bank. His father, the late Mr Arthur Boyse, F.R.C.O., was organist at St Botolph’s Church, Heene, for 52 years.

L./AC Boyse’s brother, Sergt. Pilot Arthur Boyse R.A.F. was killed on active service about a year ago.

The New York Times 27th July 2007 – A. Boyse, 83, Dies; Multifaceted Doctor.   By Jeremy Pearce

Dr. Edward A. Boyse, a physician who did some of the earliest studies of the immune response, the body’s system for recognizing and fighting off disease organisms and other foreign substances, and later worked on the genetic basis of bodily odors, died on July 14 in Tucson. He was 83.

The cause was pneumonia, his family said.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Boyse and others were among the earliest researchers to look at how antibodies formed by mouse cells are used in assembling an immune-system response to a surface protein, called an antigen. They were particularly interested in the response of white blood cells, or lymphocytes.

The researchers were able to use the antibodies to differentiate among the cells that produced them. Their discoveries led to “a cornerstone of how immunologists have dissected the cellular basis of our immune response,” said Harvey Cantor, a professor of pathology at Harvard.

Dr. Cantor added that Dr. Boyse’s use of inbred mice and antibodies in the laboratory became a standard practice in related immunological research. He said results from Dr. Boyse’s studies of the immune response in mice had in large part been translated by others to humans.

Again using mice, Dr. Boyse went on to explore the role of odor in helping an individual tell the difference between kin and those outside his genetic family. Beginning in the 1970s, Dr. Boyse and Lewis Thomas, a fellow scientist and president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and others conducted experiments in how animals can communicate through odors.

The researchers found that a group of genes in mice, the H-2 genes, were responsible for producing odors that allowed the mice to recognize family members. In a series of papers published in Scientific American and other journals, their observations helped explain how mice can avoid the genetic risks of breeding with parents and siblings.

A collaborator with Dr. Boyse, Gary K. Beauchamp, a biologist and director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said the function of the genes almost certainly applied to a similar group of odor-producing genes in humans, with the same protective benefits. Dr. Boyse, he said, had found “clever ways of developing experiments to demonstrate that function.”

In other work, Dr. Boyse proposed in the 1980s that blood taken from the umbilical cord could be frozen and preserved, potentially for use later as a source of stem cells in replenishing the blood of its donor. This has since become a widely accepted practice.

Edward Arthur Boyse, whose name was pronounced to rhyme with royce, was born in Worthing, England. He earned his medical degree from the University of London in 1957.

Dr. Boyse joined Sloan-Kettering in 1962 and held appointments at New York University and Cornell. He was a professor of biology at Cornell from 1969 to 1989. He became an American citizen in 1979.

He then moved to the University of Arizona, becoming a professor of microbiology and immunology; he officially retired in 1994.

Dr. Boyse is survived by his wife, Judith Bard, who assisted in his research and was a co-author of some of his papers. The couple lived in Tucson. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

He is also survived by a son, Conrad, of Newport Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Dr. Adrienne Martin, an anaesthesiologist, of Beckenham, England; and five grandchildren.

The Telegraph 29th August 2007 – Professor Edward Boyse – Researcher into he functions of T-cells in the immune system

Edward Arthur Boyse, immunologist: born Worthing, Sussex 11 August 1923; Member, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York 1967-89; Professor of Biology, Cornell University 1969-89; FRS 1977; Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Arizona University 1989-94 (Emeritus); married 1951 Jeanette Grimwood (one son, one daughter, and one son deceased; marriage dissolved 1987), 1987 Judith Bard; died Tucson, Arizona 14 July 2007.

Edward Boyse was an immunologist who uncovered some important basics of his science. In 1975 he published the finding that there were functionally different subclasses of T-cells in the immune system – helper and killer T-cells. In 1989 he and colleagues first suggested that umbilical cord blood was a potential source of blood stem cells that could be used in transplantation. He examined 100 cord blood samples, before and after freezing, to confirm this. Shortly afterwards, with US and French collaborators, he conducted the first successful cord blood transplant on a French child with a potentially fatal condition, Fanconi’s anaemia. About 10,000 children have now had this life-saving procedure.

His other major line of research was in the genetics of body odours, which he showed were determined by the genes of the immune system. He showed that mice can tell the difference in scent between relatives and strangers, and prefer to mate with partners that are immunogenetically (and odorifically) unrelated. It is postulated that humans have a similar instinct.

Boyse was born in Worthing, Sussex in 1923, the son of a professional church organist. He was educated at a private junior school, run by two ladies who kept a pair of crossed assegais over the fireplace, and at Worthing Grammar School. He left school early, at 17, to join the RAF during the Second World War.

He returned to civilian life in 1946, finished his Matriculation and entered St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1952. After a five-year series of hospital jobs, during which he got his MD, he moved in 1957 to a three-year research appointment at Guy’s Hospital with Peter Gorer, who had discovered the major histocompatibility complex H-2 in mice. This is the equivalent of the HLA immune recognition system in humans and, among other things, the basis of transplant rejection.

In 1960 he joined the “brain drain” to New York University medical school’s pathology department, and seven years later, to the Sloan-Kettering cancer research institute in New York where he identified and conducted seminal work on the immunogenetics of the cell surface markers CD4 and CD8, originally named the Ly system.

Boyse spent 22 years at Sloan-Kettering, working with some of their great scientists, including Lewis Thomas. For 20 of these years he was also Professor of Biology at Cornell University medical school, which was across the road from Sloan-Kettering. He was then recruited to Arizona University in Tucson, as Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. He officially retired in 1994, but continued working. His last paper, in 2002, was on the way that mice with mammary tumour had a specific change of body odour.

Ted Boyse’s work on the types and functions of T-cells underpins a huge amount of modern immunology. He published more than 400 scientific papers and received many honours and awards.

Boyse had a huge sense of fun. He was passionate about his work and a perfectionist in all he did. He had a spell of making and restoring furniture, and kept fit by running, digging his garden and planting trees. He enjoyed the company of aviators, and parachuting.

Caroline Richmond