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Viruses & disease in London 1951

Discussion in 'Diseases & Medical Conditions' started by Ma-dotcom, Jul 19, 2017.

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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Following up my last thread I find a key player, now Mrs Hannah M.L. Gardner, living with her brother [I think, George William Alfred ? b. 1877 ]in 1939 possible again a widow but not listed so. Also together in 1945-1950 Woolwich.

    Deaths listed for both in Mar 1/4 -1951. aged in their 70s. Would this be due to a virus such as the influenza which was about at that time or just a coincidence?
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    Could be, but also there is the chance that they had lived together so long that one missed the other and gave up. It does happen.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    True, & after living through another nasty war they probably had endured enough.
     
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    That was before the Clean Air Act. winters in London were often plagued by " pea-soupers" and deaths from respiratory diseases were common.
     
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    There was an influenza epidemic in 1951, mainly in the north of England but it did spread to the south.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    That's how I read it Jan, but wondered if....maybe there were other factors, other diseases. Sad to see them leave when I've just found them again. No, not really of mine but a healthy part there-of.
    I had no idea what I may discover when I asked a relatively simple query, but all so necessary in finding true path of rellies lineage.
     
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    Back in the thick of this I find they were in fact cousins, the Mothers of these two were Sisters. What an adventure I am having here, should have left it alone by now, but intriguing little bits pop up so I have to check them all to make sure my findings are all correct.

    Would a person by the name of 'GOUGH' [near enough] pronounce it as GOWE ever? I've found a typed death in FreeBMD which seems to have done this. 1892
    The husband married again just after. 1894
     
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    Possibly. I know that the name Fernihough has been pronounced as Fernihow
     
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