My grandmother in Hatherleigh lost four at about that time. Two of diptheria
in 1891, one in 1900 which could have been scarlet fever and one in the
following year of whooping cough. She had eleven children in all and only
five survived her. It was a hard life.
From: Glynis Turner <bjturner(a)northnet.com.au>
To: DEVON-L(a)rootsweb.com <DEVON-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: 30 May 2000 23:38
Subject: Re: Medical Disaster
Maybe an outbreak of Polio or of Scarlet Fever?
Or something equally nasty which we thankfully don't think about now due to
> From: LLPENS(a)aol.com
> To: DEVON-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Medical Disaster
> Date: Wednesday, 31 May 2000 5:36
> I had responded directly to Andy about the flu epidemic, but it looks as
> others are not sure of the dates. It was at its worst 1918 to 1919, right
> after the First World War. The story is that the returning soldiers
> the infection home with them. At least this is true in the States. I
> know if the flu epidemic started earlier or lasted longer in England.
> Lois from Malibu