Walter Waters Reeves
Mr Walter Waters Reeves (14/2/1819-18/5/1892)
Born 14 Feb 1819 at Beckley Sussex, eldest son of Thomas Waters Reeves.
Educated at Cranbrook Grammar School, during which time he already had a fondness for natural history.
Entered the medical profession and was articled to a surgeon at Maidstone for some years. Studied botany in his spare time. When qualified he worked in Farnham and then Tunbridge Wells rather than London so as to be near the countryside.
An early member of the Queckett Microscopical Club (which still flourishes), he organised frequent excursions.
Joined the Royal Microscopical Society in 1864 and was made assistant secretary in 1868, a post which he held for 16 years, and, on resignation, was presented with £100.
Died 3.30am on 18 May 1892 at his sister's house Middleton Vicarage, (North East) Yorkshire.
Burial service conducted by his bother-in-law (Walter Nathaniel Turner MA) the Vicar of Middleton.
An article "In Memoriam Walter W Reeves" by Frederick H Ward appeared in the Journal of the Queckett Microscopical Club 2nd series, volume V, pp. 70-74, from which much of the above detail was taken. It says "His fellow members will not forget his kindly features and his genial smile."
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