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The Effects of the 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic on Infant and Child Health in Derbyshire

Alice Reida1

a1 Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Department of Geography, Sir William Hardy Building, Cambridge CB2 3EN

In early 1919 my father, not yet demobilized, came on one of his regular, probably irregular, furloughs to Carisbrook Street to find both my mother and sister dead. The Spanish Influenza pandemic had struck Harpurhey. There was no doubt of the existence of a God: only the supreme being could contrive so brilliant an afterpiece to four years of unprecedented suffering and devastation. I apparently, was chuckling in my cot while my mother and sister lay dead on a bed in the same room.