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Name: Lionel Booth

Burial Number: 1276

Gender: Male

Occupation: Assistant Surgeon; Medical Officer; House Surgeon;

Distinction: Worshipful Master

Born: 00/00/1842

Died: 17/12/1926

Buried: 18/12/1926


Heene HallmarkLionel was born in 1842 to John and Louisa Booth.  Lionel’s Father earned his living from Fund holding, which meant that he earned interest and dividends received from investments. The family lived at 6 Balmoral Place, Greenwich, Kent (this area changed to London in 1889 when the county of London was established)

In 1861 the family have moved to 10 Wellington Terrace Greenwich, Lionel is now aged 19 and a medical student. He received his training at Guy’s Hospital where he also acted as an assistant surgeon.

He gained considerable experience at York at the York Dispensary where he was resident medical officer. The dispensary was opened in 1788 for treating the poor who were suffering from chronic illnesses. It was funded by charity subscriptions. After this he was in practice at Rangoon, Burma practising as a Department Health officer, Port Rangoon

He married Frances Mary Hethorn on 10th February 1876 at the parish church Bowdon Altringham, Lancashire.  Frances was the eldest Daughter of John Hethorn, Upton House, Altringham.

They had 4 children –   Frances Edith Booth born 1879 Accrington, Lancashire.  Mary Mabel Booth born 1880 Accrington, Lancashire.   Lionel Hethorn Booth born 1881 Accrington, Lancashire.  John Montagu Maynard Booth born 1883 Sherburn House Durham.

Lionel and Frances lived briefly at 146 Blackburn Road, Accrington Lancashire where Lionel worked at a medical practice.

They moved to Sherburn House, Sherburn Hospital Durham where Lionel was appointed as House surgeon. He became an MD and worked for 25 years at the hospital where he was held in high esteem.  When he retired he was presented with a roll top desk and an umbrella, his Wife was presented with a silver tray.

He was a very active with the Freemasons, He was a Past Provincial senior Grand Warden in Durham, and he was Worshipful Master of the Norman lodge and was founder and Worshipful Master of the Universities Lodge in 1895. He was held in high regard and when he retired in 1906 due to his ill health a presentation was arranged and he was presented with an engraved silver bowl. He moved to Worthing because of his health.

After the family moved to Haddon House in Shelley Road Worthing in 1906, Lionel’s younger daughter Mary Mabel married George Middlemiss at the Holy Trinity Church, Worthing on 25th April 1907, the couple settled in Yorkshire.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As for the rest of their children –

Frances Edith didn’t marry and lived with her parents.

Lionel Hethorn also went into medicine and became house physician at Charing Cross hospital married Nora Mary Ellenshaw on 26th September 1933

In 1915 Lionel and Frances were living at 106 Marine Parade Worthing where they lived for the rest of their lives.

Lionel  died on 17th December 1926 and left £6330 (approx £259,000 in 2020) to his Wife and also £100 to his cook Alice Mary Boyle

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Lionel  Booth

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 2 Plot: 18

Exact Location (what3words): shape.elder.agent

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Frances Mary wife of Lionel Booth M.D. who died at Worthing June 28th 1911 aged 71 years. Also of Lionel Booth died Dec 17 1926 aged 85 years R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Lionel Booth

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1842

Town: Gravesend

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 10/2/1876

Spouse First Name: Frances

Spouse Second Name: Mary

Spouse Last Name: Hethorn

Town of Marriage: Altrincham

County of Marriage: Lancashire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 17/12/1926

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 106

Address line 3: Marine Parade

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6330 s d

Current value of effects: £259000

Census Information


10 Welllington terrace Greenwich

John Booth (head) age 43, Louise Booth (Wife) age 45, Lionel Booth (Son) age 19, Elizabeth (Daughter) age 15, George (Son) age 10, Alfred (Son) age 9, Montague (Son) age 7, Edward (Son) age 5, plus one servant


146 Blackham Road Accrington

Lionel Booth (Head) age 39, Frances Mary (Wife) age 40, Frances Edith (Daughter) age 2, Mary Mabel (Daughter) age 1, Lionel Hethorn (Son) age 2 months, plus 3 servants


Sherburn House, Sherburn Hospital

Lionel Booth (Head) age 49, Frances Mary (Wife) 51, Frances (Daughter) age 12, Mary (Daughter) age 4, Lionel (Son) age 10, John (Son) age 8. Plus 2 servants


Sherburn House, Sherburn Hospital

Lionel Booth (Head) age 59, Frances (Wife) age 61, Frances (Daughter) age 22, Mary (Daughter) age 21, John (Son) age 17, plus 2 servants



Haddon House, Shelley Road, Worthing

Lionel Booth (Head) age 69, Frances Mary (Wife) age 71, Frances Edith (Daughter) age 32, plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

Sherburn Hospital

Durham Advertiser – 3rd June 1881

Appointment of House Surgeon to Sherburn Hospital – At a special meeting of the Governors of Sherburn Hospital, held on Monday last in Durham, Dr Lionel Booth, of Accrington, was appointed medical officer of that institution, in the place of Mr Gillespie, resigned. There were upwards of seventy candidates. Dr Booth received his training at Guy’s Hospital, where he also acted as assistant surgeon. He subsequently gained considerable experience at York Dispensary, Burwash, and during the course of a large practice in Lancashire. He came before the Governors with the highest possible testimonials both as to medical skills and three qualifications which are essential to as important and responsible position.