This grave was not located by the Cambridge Family History Society Survey.

Lat Lon : 52.20233, 0.13595054 – click here for location

This cross has only recently been revealed after clearance of the west wall. July 2016
Mead monument July 2016


Stone cross in the parish of St Paul by the west wall. Row 1 Grave 20


‘In Memory of George Borthwick Mead MD
Died March 13th 1901 aged 68 years
A token of affection from his loving wife’

George Borthwick Mead (21 April 1831 – 15 March 1901)

George was born in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire and was the son of Joseph and Jane (née Thompson) Mead. He was baptised on 25 September 1831 at the Ramsey Methodist Chapel. In 1851 he was living in Swinton, Yorkshire working as an assistant surgeon to Robert Blythman and was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons in April 1854.  He married Elizabeth Owen (1833-1885) in Mepal, Cambridgeshire on 7 May 1856. They had four children, each of whom was given a name related to their father: George Borthwick Owen (1857-1900), Georgina Bessie Jane (1861-1947), Jane Georgette (1864-1918) and George Percy (1866-1958).  George worked as a surgeon  and his impressive medical resumé recorded he was the surgeon Ambul. de la Press Paris, Franco-German War (1871), assistant surgeon at Spalding Infirmary, author of ‘Chloric Aether its properties, chemical composition and uses’ (1854), author of ‘Cases illustrative of the use of Baths in the Treatment of Disease’ (1866). He practised from Mentmore House, in Newmarket and also served on the local town council. He was widowed in 1885 and then practised at 13 Royal Avenue, Sloane Square in London as well as at Newmarket.

He retired to live at Mentmore, 44 Glisson Road where he died aged 69 years old. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 19 March and not in Mepal with his wife and eldest son.

The inscription suggests that he might have married for a second time but not record of a marriage has been found.




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George Borthwick Mead