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Dr. Wilfrid Stephen Fox                         1875-1962
Wilfrid was born on 2 March 1875, the son of Henry Frederick Fox and Ellen Maria Watson, at Bromborough, Cheshire. His father was a merchant who marketed in South America. His mother was born in Charleston, South Carolina, (a British Subject).
He was educated at Marlborough and Trinity College, Cambridge; B.A. 1896; M.A. 1901; B.C. and M.D. 1905. At St George's Hospital, London. M.R.C.S.; M.R.C.P., 1904, F.R.C.P., 1923.
After holding house posts and proceeding to his M.D. he decided to specialise in dermatology and spent some time at the St. Louis Hospital in Paris. In 1906 he was appointed skin physician at St. George's Hospital and a full member of the staff, which he served for twenty years, a number of them as a most careful treasurer, and as first director of the venereal diseases clinic. He was also for a time assistant physician and lecturer in dermatology at the Seamen's Hospital, Greenwich,
and on the staff of St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin. He was an excellent teacher, a generous friend, and a witty and kindly host both at his house in Grosvenor Street, at which he conducted a large practice, and at his country home, Winkworth Farm, near Godalming.
On his compulsory retirement in 1926 he turned to business and although he had no previous training became chairman of Duncan, Fox & Co., an import and export house. He had other interests for which he is specially remembered. At his farm he created a beautiful garden which he presented to the National Trust, and founded the Roads Beautifying Association, which brought him the Victoria medal of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Until he was in his seventies he maintained his love of winter sports, organising and partly financing holidays for young and old friends. In World War I he had fitted out his own car as an ambulance and driven it in France; in World War II he again drove an ambulance, although then sixty-five, and was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940 just in time to escape capture.

Nereida Florence Nugent Petrie           1869-1945
Nereida was born about 1869, at sea, the daughter of George Petrie and Penelope Mary Dartnell.
I have identified the following children.
  Eileen Norah Born 17 May 1902   London Married Major Gerald Graham Adeley
Vivian Wilfrid Born 6 Apr 1908   London Married Maud Rebecca Vokes

Birth of Parents
Wilfrid Stephen Fox b: abt 1875                Bromborough, Cheshire       1875 2Q Wirral 8a 458
son of Henry Frederick Fox and Ellen Maria Watson, South American Merchant

Nereida Florence Nugent Petrie b: abt 1869               At Sea
daughter of George Petrie and Penelope Mary Dartnell

abt 1900
Wilfrid Stephen Fox
Nereida Florence Nugent Petrie
      1900 1Q Kensington 1a 239

1901 Census RG13-19 1 April 1901 Kensington, London
6 Eldon Road
Wilfrid Fox
Nereida (Wife)
Plus 2 Servants
Age 26
Age 31
Medical Student Bromborough
(Brit. Subject)
2 Mar 1875
abt 1869

Eileen Norah Fox b: 17 May 1902               London       1902 2Q Kensington 1a 127
daughter of Wilfrid Stephen Fox and Nereida Florence Nugent Petrie
Vivian Wilfrid Fox b: 6 Apr 1908               London       1908 2Q St. Geo.H.Sq 1a 419
son of Wilfrid Stephen Fox and Nereida Florence Nugent Petrie

1911 Census RG14-141 3 April 1911 StGeorge Hanover Square, London
63 Grosvenor Street   (18 Rooms)
Wilfrid Stephen Fox
Nereida Florence Nugent (Wife)
Eileen Norah
Vivian Wilfrid
Plus 6 Servants
Age 36
Age 41
Age 8
Age 2

At Sea

2 Mar 1875
abt 1869
17 May 1902
6 Apr 1908

Nereida Florence Nugent (Petrie) Fox Died 19 Mar 1945, Age 75,       1945 1Q Surrey S.W. 2a 731
Burial at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking

The Times, Wednesday, Mar 21, 1945                 DEATHS
  FOX - , On March 19, 1945, at Winkworth Farm, Hascombe, Surrey, Nereida (Naida) Florence Nugent Fox (nee Petrie), wife of Wilfrid Fox. Funeral at Brookwood Cemetery, to-morrow (Thursday), at 3:15. Train from Waterloo 1.57. No flowers. Donations to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution instead.
LLANDUDNO   8 Jun 1945                         Probate
FOX, Nereida Florence Nugent, of Winkworth Farm, Hascombe, near Godalming, Surrey (wife of Wilfrid Stephen Fox) died 19 March 1945, Probate Llandudno 8 June, to the said Wilfrid Stephen Fox, physician, and Eileen Norah Adeley (wife of Graham Gerald Adeley).   Effects £21,019 12s.

Wilfrid Stephen Fox Died 22 May 1962, Age 87,       1962 2Q Surrey S.W. 5g 927
Burial: at Eashing Cemetery, Godalming

The Times, Thursday, May 24, 1962                     DEATHS
  FOX - On May 22nd, 1962, at Winkworth Farm, Hascombe, Wilfrid Stephen Fox, F.R.C.P., V.M.H..   Funeral service Busbridge Parish Church, Godalming at 2.30 p.m., on Friday, 25th, followed by burial at Eashing Cemetery, Godalming.   Flowers to G. W. Feltham Ltd., Godalming.

The Times, Thursday, May 24, 1962             OBITUARIES
  Dr. Wilfrid Stephen Fox, FRCP, formerly consulting physician for diseases of the skin at St. George's Hospital and St. John's Hospital, Leicester Square, died at his home, Winkworth Farm, in Surrey on Tuesday.
  The son of H. F. Fox of Bromborough, Cheshire, he was educated at Marlborough and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became LRCP (London) in 1902 and FRCP in 1923.
  Fox, who had retired, had previously been assistant physician to the skin department of the Seamen's Hospital Greenwich.
  In 1952 he gave to the National Trust the Winkworth arboretum, about 60 acres of hillside planted with trees and flowering shrubs of great botanical interest.
  Fox married in 1900 and had a son and a daughter.

LONDON   18 Jul 1962                         Probate
FOX, Wilfrid Stephen, of Winkworth Farm, Hascombe, near Godalming, Surrey, died 22 May 1962, Probate London 18 July, to Vivian Wilfrid Fox, company director, and Eileen Norah Adeley, married woman.
  Effects £40,710 16s.

The Times, Thursday, May 31, 1962             OBITUARIES
  A friend writes:
  Dr. Wilfrid Fox was a great personality.   The versatility of his interests was unusual and the breadth of his knowledge quite exceptional.
  After rising to prominence in the medical profession he embarked on a business career, joining Duncan Fox & Co. Ltd., the firm of general merchants, of which his was the principal founder in 1843.
  Although not trained for business Dr. Fox's keen intelligence and perceptive mind enabled him to play a prominent part in the development of the business.   He served as executive director from 1928 until his retirement in 1949, and for the last 10 years of this period he filled with distinction the office of chairman of the company.
  He was a member of the London board of the Royal Insurance Company from 1940 to the day of his death, and he was for many years a director of J. & A. Churchill Limited.
  Notwithstanding the demanding nature of his business career he somehow managed to find time for much public service, particularly in connexion with the Red Cross, and in the realms of horticulture.   Already at an age when most of us feel like sitting back, he in 1940 took a Red Cross Unit to France.   He was a man with a great understanding of human problems, ever ready to lend a helping hand.   He will be sadly missed, both here and in South America, by all who were privileged to know him.

SPECIAL THANKS  to Desmond Adeley, a grandson of Dr. Fox, for many of the details provided above.