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Name: William Allingham

Burial Number: 0553

Gender: Male

Occupation: Architect; Surgeon.

Distinction: Royal Surgeon

Born: 23/04/1829

Died: 04/02/1908

Buried: 06/02/1908


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William Allingham 1829-1908

Royal Surgeon

William was born in Bermondsey, the son of John and Catherine. He was educated at a private school in Enfield. William originally studied to be an architect and practised as such for a while before completely changing his career. In 1857 he qualified as a surgeon at St Thomas’s Hospital, London. According to the census of 1861, he was living in Finsbury Square with James Reid who is described as his pupil. That same year he married Christiana Cooke at Kennington. Between 1862 and 1870 they had six children. In 1871 the family were living in Lambeth with Christiana’s father and her two unmarried sisters. William rose to the position of Senior Surgeon at St Mark’s Hospital for Fistula. He was also Surgeon Tutor at St Thomas’s Hospital, demonstrating surgery and anatomy. He published “The Treatment of Fistula” in 1875 and “Diseases of the rectum, their diagnoses and treatment” in 1888. In 1891 whilst visiting Italy, Christiana died suddenly in Pisa. William re-married in 1894. His wife was Daisy Alice Wynne Hales. She had been head nurse at The Hospital for Women in Soho. William retired and the couple moved to Hastings. By 1902, they had settled in Worthing at “Kingsdene” in Shelley Road. Daisy died in 1907 and William followed a year later. Two of his sons became surgeons. One of them, Herbert was surgeon to the household of King Edward VII.

Please see William’s obituary below for further details of his life.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for William  Allingham

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 4 Plot: 15

Exact Location (what3words): string.stay.knots

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy


Sacred to the memory of Daisy Alice Wynne Allingham loving and beloved wife of William Allingham F.R.C.S. Eng. And to the memory of William Allingham born 23rd April 1829 died 4th February 1908

Further Information


Name: William Allingham

Gender: Male

Born: 23/04/1829

Town: Bermondsey

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 01/08/1861

Spouse First Name: Christiana

Spouse Last Name: Cooke

Town of Marriage: Kensington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 27/10/1894

Spouse First Name: Daisy

Spouse Second Name: Alice Wynne

Spouse Last Name: Hayles

Town of Marriage: Paddington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 04/02/1908

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Kings Dean

Address line 3: Shelley Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Royal College of Surgeons of England

Excerpt from “Parr’s Lives of the Fellows”

Educated for the profession of architecture at University College, where he gained prizes. He even practised as an architect, exhibited studies at the exhibitions of the Royal Academy, and obtained honourable mention for a design of a building to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. In this year however, he decided to abandon architecture for medicine. Entering as a student at St Thomas’s Hospital, he carried off prize after prize-the descriptive Anatomy Prize, the Anatomy Prize (1854), the Medicine Prize, the Clinical Medicine President’s Prize and the Clinical Medicine Treasurer’s Prize (1855). After qualifying in 1855, he volunteered as a surgeon in the Crimean War. he was in time to be present at the siege of Sebastopol and to see a vast amount of practical surgery in the most arduous circumstances at the hospitals at Scutari. During a large part of his war services he was attached to the French Army, which was extremely badly provided with surgical aid, and there is no doubt that under the strenuous nature of the duties which devolved upon him, Allingham gained the courage and sense of responsibility which marked him out as a successful operating surgeon from the beginning of his career. After his return home, he was Surgical Tutor, Demonstrator of Anatomy, and then Surgical Registrar at St Thomas’s Hospital. He set up in practice in 1863 as a consultant at 36 Finsbury Square EC, but removed to Grosvenor Street where he soon became a well-known authority on diseases of the rectum and enjoyed a large practice. In 1871, he published his classical book on Diseases of the Rectum. It was accepted at once as an authoritative and inclusive work, though some surgeons differed from the author on points of technique. William Allingham was not attached to the staff of any of the great London hospitals possessing a medical school, but was for many years Surgeon to the Great Northern Central Hospital and to St Mark’s Hospital for Fistula and Diseases of the Rectum. He was also Consulting Surgeon to the Farringdon General Dispensary and to the Surgical Aid Society, of which, together with some of his relatives and others, he was one of the founders in 1862. He was a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons from 1884-1886 and retired from practice in 1894. Allingham  was one of the first surgeons in England to specialize in the treatment of diseases of the rectum, out of which he made a considerable fortune. He was kindly, generous and hospitable. After his retirement, he lived for some time in St Leonards and then at Worthing, where he died on February 4th 1908. He married twice (1) Miss Christiana Cooke by whom he had six children-four sons and two daughters. The eldest son was Herbert William Allingham. Of his two daughters, both married medical men; the elder, who afterwards became Mrs Chevallier Tayler, having been first the wife of Mr Charles Cotes of St George’s; the younger was married to Claud E Woakes. (2) Miss D H Hayles, who nursed him through a severe illness,  who, like Mr Herbert William Allingham pre-deceased the subject of this memoir. William Allingham appears in the portrait group of the Council by Jamyn Brooks (1884).

There follows a full list of publications.



Personal Effects

Money left to others: £16211 18 s 0 d

Current value of effects: £1267320.00

Census Information


Baker Place, Enfield, Middx

William aged 12, pupil at school run by Thomas Reese and his wife Mary


Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, Yorks.

William aged 22, clerk, lodging with Christopher Foster, architect and family.


36 Finsbury Square, London

– William aged 31, FRCS Surgeon. James Reid aged 20, pupil, student of medicine. Plus 2 servants


5 Kendall Place, Lambeth, Surrey

William aged 41, surgeon. Christiana aged 30. Elizabeth aged 6. Sidney aged 4. Walter aged 1. Ethel aged 5 months. George Cooke aged 82, father-in-law. Elizabeth Cooke aged 50, sister-in-law. Maria Cooke aged 46, sister-in-law. Plus a nurse and 2 servants.


25 Lower Grosvenor Street, Westminster

William aged 51, surgeon. Christiana aged 40. Herbert aged 18, medical student. Arthur aged 17, law student. Elizabeth aged 16. Sidney aged 14. Walter aged 11. Ethel aged 10. Plus a butler, nurse and 2 servants


In Italy


59 Marina, St Leonards, Hastings, Sussex

William aged 71, retired surgeon. Daisy aged 45. Plus 3 servants

Miscellaneous Information