EDWARDES-KER, George Cordy

1851 - 1901

George Edwardes Keer was born at Parham, Framlingham, Suffolk in 1851, eldest child of Dr George Keer (1827-8 April 1901), a surgeon and general practitioner, and his wife Elizabeth Cordy (c1820-17 July 1916), eldest daughter of John Cordy of Marlesford, who married at Marlesford, Suffolk on 4 October 1850. In 1861, Dr Keer was a 32-year-old surgeon, living at The Hill, Wickham Market, Suffolk with his 30-year-old wife Elizabeth and their five children, George Edwardes 9, Kate Ellen 8, John Cordy 6, Sarah [Scotchmer] 4 and Frederick William (1857-1955). Young George, who took up his father's profession, and was of Guy's Hospital, London when admitted a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1871 and assumed the name as George Cordy Edwardes-Ker and set up his practice in Woodbridge. As G. Edwardes-Ker of Woodbridge, he exhibited at the Woodbridge Industrial and Art Exhibition at New Street Assembly Rooms in February 1880, 14 drawings including 'Tiger', 'Runaway Horse', 'Wild Boar at Bay', and 'Zulu Warrior' and in 1883 when held at the Lecture Hall, Woodbridge, as George Edwardes Ker, a further ten pencil drawings including 'Zulu Negro', 'Wild Boar at Bay' other being animal drawings. In 1881, as George Edwardes-Kear, a physician & surgeon, living at Church Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk with his 28-year-old sister Kate Ellen with two indoor servants. As George Cordy Edwardes-Ker, he married at Woodbridge on 21 April 1885, Edith Mary Rouse (20 April 1857-20 February 1952), eldest daughter of Revd Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse, rector of Woodbridge. In 1891, as George Cordy Edwardes-Ker, surgeon, living at Church Street, Woodbridge with his 33-year-old wife and their two children, Douglas Rouse (1886-1979) and Christabel (1887-1972). They were still there in 1901 with two more children Isabel Alice Mary (1894-1978) and Edith Rosamond (1898-1936). George Cordy Edwardes-Ker of Woodbridge, Suffolk died of a brain tumour, at St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, London on 14 October 1901, aged 49, and buried in Woodbridge Municipal Cemetery. His brother was J. C. Keer, headmaster of Reigate Grammar School.

His wife Edith Mary née Rouse was a sister of Evelyn Augusta Rouse and was also the aunt to Miss Rouse.