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27 October 1918 : Pte Reginald Smith

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Parents: Alfred (leather currier/bricklayer's assistant) and Bertha Smith In 1901, age 2, Reginald lived at home (3 Mosely Place, Leeds) with his parents, 4 year old sister and a boarder. Age 12 at the 1911 Census, Reginald was at school (part-time) while working as a 'doffer'. He was living at home (4 Walton St, Sutton Mill, Keighley) with his pa…


1 November 1918 : Pte Carl Watson

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Carl Watson was employed as a twister in a cotton mill in Barnoldswick at the time of his enlistment. Conscripted in early 1917, he initially served as 243063 in the 2/5th Northumberland Fusiliers before being transferred on health grounds to the Labour Corps in December 1917. After being engaged on home service duties only, he contracted influen…


Influenza 1918: The Worst Epidemic in American History

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Book review by Bill Hanigan. [This review first appeared in the journal of The Western Front Association Stand To! Issue No.58 April 2000. This and other copies of the journal of The Western Front Association are available to read online to members by signing in using their Member Login] The jacket of this book describes it as a companion to the …


067: April 2003

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

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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 could ever be entirely free from the threat of war diseases in their …


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

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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 19…


The 'Spanish' Flu Pandemic 1917-19 by Dr Jane Orr

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The 1918 influenza pandemic, colloquially known as Spanish flu, was a deadly influenza pandemic that infected 500 million people around the world.  Probably 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million (three to five percent of Earth's population at the time) died, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. The German March Offe…


Lewes Casualties : September 1918 and the impact of 'Spanish Flu'

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  September 1918 brought a further 14 Lewes casualties, 10 on the Western Front where the arrival of the Americans had helped change the balance of forces firmly towards the Allied side and four others, one from Baku on the Caspian Sea, one from a submarine attack off Brittany, one the result of tuberculosis and one from influenza. Private Albert…


The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919

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Edited by  David Killingray and Howard Phillips Routledge (2003)  390 pages ISBN 9780415510790 There is so much to learn from ‘The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919’.  A comparative history will be written in due course comparing the pandemic of 1918-19 and that of 2019-2021. Writing in 1998, ‘What occurred in 1918-19, we are repeatedly t…