The Wildgoose Chase

I met Chelsea Pensioner Walter Wildgoose in 1977 when he was 87 and I was 26. Through a series of letters written over the last year of his life, he passed along his life story - the workhouse children's home, a life in the British Army witnessing the opening battles of World War I and life in India, a remarkable family surviving the bombs of World War II London. This blog will document my research and progress on the novel I'm writing about this amazing man.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Why no mention of the 1918 influenza pandemic?

With all the recent information about the 1918 flu pandemic (because of a potential bird flu pandemic), I wonder why Walter never mentioned it in his letters.

He was in England from May 1915 (foot injury at 2nd Ypres) until September 1919 when the Machine Gun Corps left for India, so he was in the thick of the flu crisis. How were his and May's families affected?

I'm surprised Walter didn't catch it, since he seemed prone to every other thing flying through the air during his lifetime (diphtheria, typhoid fever, various war injuries). Perhaps no one close to him was affected, so it didn't warrant a mention. Still, I wonder.
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posted by MaryB @ 8:53 PM  


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