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27 October 1918 Pte Reginald Smith died of pneumonia on this day

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Born in Leeds in 1898, Reginald was a twister in a weaving mill prior to the war. He was conscripted into service in February 1917 and sent to France with the MGC at the end of March 1918 in time take part in the actions at Villers Bretonneaux. He fought through the 2nd Battle of the Somme 1918 and on the Hindenburg Line before being struck down wi…


Influenza 1918: The Worst Epidemic in American History

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Book review by Bill Hanigan. The jacket of this book describes it as a companion to the documentary 'Influenza 1918' aired on PBS in the series The American Experience. This description is accurate. Using individual voices or vignettes, Lynette Iezzoni creates an evocative and surprisingly complete picture of the pandemic's effects on the American…


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The BEF, Human Diseases and Trench Warfare on The Western Front

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The BEF, Human Diseases and Trench Warfare on The Western Front Introduction   The Great War was the first major conflict where the death rate due to the trauma of war (largely inflicted by projectiles such as bullets and shells) was greater than that due to disease; on the Western Front the ratio was 5:1. But no soldier on the Western Front c…


The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

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The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 by Dr. David Payne, PhD EurProBiol CBiol MIBiol History records several great pandemics (i.e. country-, continental- or world-wide outbreaks of disease). Prominent among these were the Black Death, 1347-1351, the Great Plague in the 1660s, cholera in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the 1918 infl…


17 December 1918 : Nurse Doris Jane Procter, VAD died on this day

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Doris Procter was born in Settle, Yorkshire in 1892. She was the daughter of a tailor and confectioner. One of five children, she volunteered for V.A.D. service at the outbreak of war in 1914. She was called into service in May 1915. After serving for much of the war at a Military Hospital in Leicester, she caught influenza in December 1918 whi…