Frederick Jukes was the ninth child of John Jukes, a merchant, and Elizabeth Mansfield. His birth, on 21 June 1796 was recorded in the non-
John and Elizabeth lived at Bordesley House which was a substantial dwelling built by his grandfather Joseph. At the time of Frederick’s birth, it is debatable whether Bordesley House was still the family home.
In the Priestley riots of July 1791, the houses of non-
Frederick qualified as a surgeon and in 1820, when his brother Alfred resigned from his post at the General Hospital in Birmingham, he became surgeon and apothecary for the hospital. At the time Birmingham General Hospital on Summer Lane was the only such hospital in the city and was voluntarily funded. In 1818 they had treated 1,167 in patients and 2,541 out-
Outside his medical career Frederick was a keen paleontologist. He had articles and letters published in geological journals, found a trilobite fossil near Great Barr and wrote an article on “Diluvial Gravel in Birmingham”. He never married and, when he died in 1857 at the age of 61, left a variety of bequests to his sisters, nieces and nephews.