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Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« on: Sunday 01 December 19 13:16 GMT (UK) »
I wonder if anyone knows if one can find names of those who died in Swindon in that year. Certainly by the end of January 8 had died.
Thanks for any help. Toby

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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 01 December 19 13:47 GMT (UK) »
https://archive.org/stream/b30152276/b30152276_djvu.txt

This report by the medical officer  for Swindon says 1927 was a remarkably healthy year  :) :)

A brief outbreak of flu in February.

It is just referring to the health of schoolchildren

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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 01 December 19 14:24 GMT (UK) »
Newspaper report Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - Saturday 29 January 1927
has headline and following:

THE 'FLU EPIDEMIC. Large numbers of the townspeople are down with the ’flu, and is even suggested that the very poor quality of the gas supply during the past few days is the outcome of employees being on the sick list. School children, schoolmasters and school- mistresses are more or less affected, the Newtown Council and Minster schools are closed for an Indefinite period, and some children of tender years have succumbed to complications following whooping cough and influenza. Employees of some of the business houses who have escaped being affected are working extra hard the while their colleagues are confined to their homes.

free bmd for deaths, surely?


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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 01 December 19 15:30 GMT (UK) »
Thank you both. The medical report was illuminating and could have been moreso but for many reasons much of it was presented . line after line, by a few or even a single letter. There were however sections that were very useful and I quote one :-

"To the Chairman and Members of the Public Health Committee.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The health of Swindon, which had been unusually good during
1926, was rudely shaken by an epidemic of influenza which started
somewhat • abruptly about the 15th January, 1927, reached its
peak on the 24th and collapsed with remarkable suddenness
on the 15th February. Unlike most previous visitations of in¬
fluenza, that of 1927 left little behincl it, and immediately the
epidemic was over, the health of the Town returned to the satis¬
factory condition that had ruled previously. "

I should be interested to know where such reports are to be found.
Very many thanks, Toby.



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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 01 December 19 16:38 GMT (UK) »
archive.org?

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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 01 December 19 16:58 GMT (UK) »
Thank you both. The medical report was illuminating and could have been moreso but for many reasons much of it was presented . line after line, by a few or even a single letter. There were however sections that were very useful and I quote one :-

You can see the report properly at https://archive.org/details/b30152276/page/2 and use the zoom in button in the bottom right corner.

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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 01 December 19 21:09 GMT (UK) »
   Marvellous Stan. I am now fully in business. Thank you all however for, from your collective efforts, I feel a bit closer.
   The reason for my interest is that a Mr. & Mrs. Hitchens both died in Q1  and that led to the adoption of their daughter. I had assumed, with the double death, that there had been an accident but found no such report in The Swindon Advertiser. The influenza epidemic reported in the Adver. on 27 January remains, for now, a distinct possibility.  T

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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 14 December 19 15:19 GMT (UK) »
Ancestry Probate

HITCHENS Ethel Eliza Mary of 20 Oxford-street, Swindon, Wiltshire (WIDOW) - died 25 January 1927 at the Isolation Hospital Swindon, Wiltshire.

Probate Salisbury 10 February to Edgar Charles George ILES, coach builder.

Effects: £117 13s 7d.




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Deaths, March Qtr 1927

HITCHENS Albert - 68
HITCHENS Ethel M - 47

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Albert C HITCHENS married Ethel ILES - Swindon June Qtr 1916


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BIRTHS  :   HITCHENS - mother's maiden name ILES (Swindon)

Annie H - March Qtr 1917
Gilbert J  - Dec Qtr 1922 (who seems to have married and had children in Swindon)

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Re: Swindon 'flu epidemic 1927
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 15 December 19 10:21 GMT (UK) »
The reason for my interest is that a Mr. & Mrs. Hitchens both died in Q1  and that led to the adoption of their daughter.

If Capetown has shown the correct daughter on freebmd then she shows on 1939, with grandparents (?) - so not adopted?