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Finding the grave of Sir William Richard Gowers
  1. Christopher J Boes1,
  2. Nadeem Toodayan2,
  3. Andrew Lees3
  1. 1 Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  2. 2 Hospital Medical Officer, The Bendigo Hospital, Bendigo, Australia
  3. 3 Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies, UCL Institute of Neurology and The National Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Christopher J Boes, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA; boes.christopher{at}mayo.edu

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When the Funerall pyre was out, and the last valediction over, men took a lasting adieu of their interred Friends, little expecting the curiosity of future ages should comment upon their ashes.1

Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682), Norwich, 1 May 1658

William Richard Gowers, considered by some to be the father of clinical neurology, died 4 May 1915 at 34 Ladbroke Square, in Notting Hill, West London.2 3 His funeral was held on 6 May 1915 at St. Peter’s Church, Vere Street, and his body was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on the same day.4 The final resting place of Gowers’ ashes was not mentioned in Critchley’s biography of Gowers,5 …

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  • Contributors CJB was involved in conceptualising the study, collection and interpretation of data, drafting and revising the manuscript and approving the final version.

    NT was involved in collection and interpretation of data, revising the manuscript for intellectual content and approving the final version.

    AL was involved in collection and interpretation of data, revising the manuscript for intellectual content and approving the final version.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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