I recognised the name Treves as there is a Treves Road in Dorchester, so I have been having a look into who this genteleman was.
Frederick was born in 1853 in Dorchester at no 8 Cornhill.
His parents were furniture makers and he attended school at a building in South Street which was run by the poet William Barnes until he was about 13 years old.
Researching the history of some of his medical achievements it explains to me why his name has been honoured for the modern medical centre on the Poundbury where I have my appointment in a few weeks time.
I remember watching a film when I was a teenager called 'The elephant man'. It was the story of a man who suffered from a severe physical deformity and I can remember the film made me feel very sad.
I have discovered that Frederick Treves provided the man that the film was based on 'Joseph Merrick' with safe accomodation in an attic of a London hospital, until he died. This very sad film must of had an impact on me as I remember it clearly and I understand Joseph died without a confirmed diagnosis of his extremely disfiguring condition.
Frederick Treves was also responsible for the correct treatment for appendicitis and was the first to perform an operation to remove an appendix in England. This is of great interest to me as my niece was extremely ill with appendicitis at the age of 11 and her younger brother also had his removed at the same age.
It is very humbling to find the memorial to this obviously very talented medical surgeon in our local graveyard.
Frederick married Elizabeth Mason in 1877 when he was 24, she was a brewers daughter. I wonder what she would have thought of the new Brewhouse and Kitchen!
They had 2 daughters Enid and Hetty.
Very sadly his younger daughter Hetty died at the age of 18 from appendicitis. It must have been very harrowing for Frederick to operate on his own daughter and not to be able to save her.
His ashes were later returned to Dorchester and a memorial service was held at St Peter's Church in Dorchester and his friend Thomas Hardy chose the Hymns, I have yet to find out which ones they were.
My appointment at Frederick Treves House now seems extremely more meaningful, and I understand that Frederick Treves made a huge contribution to medical history.
Link to Dorset Ancestors page