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Name: William Harris

Burial Number: 0216

Gender: Male

Occupation: General Practitioner; Surgeon;

Distinction: Typhoid Victim

Born: 16/5/1838

Died: 28/08/1893

Buried: 28/08/1893


William was born in Worthing, the son of William and Ellen. He was baptised at Broadwater Church on 24 June 1838. William’s father was a surgeon and he followed in his footsteps. Ellen Harris died in 1845 and in 1847, William Snr. married Adriana Parrott. William worked in practice with his father and also at Worthing Infirmary (for details of his career, see his obituary). On 24th May 1864, William married Florentia Caroline Jeaffreson at All Saints Church, Edmonton. They had one son, Herbert born in 1875. By 1891, William’s health was failing and he became an invalid. In 1893, during the typhoid epidemic in Worthing, William succumbed to this disease and died on 28th August. He was buried at Heene Cemetery the same day. Probate was granted on 13 December to Florentia Caroline Harris widow, Arthur Henty and Henry Edward Vale. Effects £13598 16s 5d (approx £1,116000 in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 5 Plot: 19

Exact Location (what3words): belong.calls.path

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of William John Harris M.R.C.S. died 28th August 1893 aged 55 and of Florentia Caroline his wife died 9th August 1918 aged 72. In memory of William John Harris Born May 16th 1838 ad died August 28th 1893

Further Information


Name: William John Harris

Gender: Male

Born: 16/5/1838

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 24/5/1866

Spouse First Name: Florentia

Spouse Second Name: Caroline

Spouse Last Name: Jeaffreson

Town of Marriage: Edmonton

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 28/08/1893

Cause of death: Typhoid

Address line 1: Church House

Address line 3: Lansdowne Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Obituary: Dr William John Harris
Worthing Gazette 30 Aug 1893
It is with deep regret that we are called upon to report the death of Mr William John Harris who had been for many years in practice in Worthing as a medical man. For several years, the deceased had suffered from paralysis consequent on an operation and was recently attacked by typhoid, to which he succumbed at his residence, Church House, Heene on Monday at the age of 55 years, leaving a widow and one son to mourn his loss.
He was attended by Mr A H Collet (former partner).
A member of the Royal College of Surgeons, he was regarded as a skilful practitioner and highly esteemed by his many patients. He was for several years in practice with his father who still survives. His failing health compelled him to relinquish his practice two years ago, since when he has been practically an invalid. For a considerable time Mr Harris was Senior Medical Officer at The Infirmary, afterwards appointed Honorary Consulting Surgeon. For nine years Mr Harris occupied a seat on the late Local Board and had the distinction of being elected to the Chairmanship for eight years. On the occasion of his retirement in April 1886, he was publicly presented with a claret jug and beakers together with an illuminated address.
He was a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and his observations were recorded regularly in the Worthing Gazette. Mr Harris was also chairman of The Worthing Pier Co. and also of The Athletic Sports Committee.
Mr Harris was a very generous supporter of various charities and it can with truth be said that Worthing can ill afford to lose him.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £13598 16 s 5 d

Current value of effects: £1116000.00

Census Information


High Street, Worthing
William Harris aged 30, surgeon. Ellen aged 30. William J aged 3. George aged 1. Charlotte Morrah aged 70.


27 College Street, St Michael Paternoster Royal, Middlesex.
William aged 12, boarder in the house of Frances Blunt, widow.


4 Marine Terrace, Worthing.
William aged 53, general practitioner. Adriana aged 42, William J aged 22, general practitioner. Adriana M aged 12. John P aged 9. Minnie aged 7. Rosa Warren aged 21, niece.


13 Marine Parade, Worthing.
William J aged 32, surgeon. Florentia C aged 26.


26 Marine Parade, Worthing
William J aged 42, general practitioner. Florentia aged 36. Herbert G aged 6.


Church House, Lansdowne Road, Worthing.
William J aged 53, general practitioner. Florentia aged 46.

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