Joseph Carey “John” Merrick

Joseph Carey “John” Merrick

Leicester, Leicester Unitary Authority, Leicestershire, England
Death 11 Apr 1890 (aged 27)
Whitechapel, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Burial Newham, London Borough of Newham, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 7339523 · View Source
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Folk Figure. Widely known as "The Elephant Man," he suffered from Proteus Syndrome, a condition that caused his body to grotesquely deform from an early age. Chronically unemployed and shunned, he joined a circus freak show for a few years before happening upon the help of Dr. Frederick Treves, who cared for him for the remainder of his life. His body was donated to medical science, and is skeletal remains are at the Royal London Hospital, not accessible to the general public.

Bio by: Celia Foster

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  • Originally Created by: Celia Foster
  • Added: 8 Apr 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7339523
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Carey “John” Merrick (5 Aug 1862–11 Apr 1890), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7339523, citing City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Newham, London Borough of Newham, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .