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30 Stirling people die in flu epidemic; Making the news in February 1919 In our new nostalgia feature we look back 80 years to February, 1919, and what was making the news in the Observer then. In future issues we will also feature news and pictures from the Observer over the decades.

Stirling suffered 30 deaths from influenza and complications from the disease in February, 1919, the Observer reported.

In one week, at the time, there were a total of 24 interments in Stirling cemeteries - the largest seven-day number to have taken place in the memory of officials.

Six funerals a week was commonplace in Stirling at that time but on one Saturday alone, during what we know was a global pandemic , there were eight in the town.

Health officials said of the deaths in February from'uncomplicated influenza' numbered four with the average age of victims being 66.

Twelve people aged 19 to 55 succumbed to influenza complicated by pneumonia.

Of the seven deaths from pneumonia alone, three were under one and four aged between 30 and 82.

Seven died from bronchitis , their ages being under one in three cases and aged between 59 to 75 in four instances.

Among those in Stirling who died from the 1918-19 flu pandemic, which affected 500 million people worldwide, were: Melrose, and settled in Stirling 20 years earlier to be foreman in the cabinet-making department of Messrs Lawson, Baker Street. He started his own business and built new premises in Dalgleish special constable and a member of Lodge No of-four, contracted flu two weeks earlier and was unconscious for 10 days leading up to his death.

The lieutenant was in the Stirling company of stationed in centres in England and Scotland.

However, attacks of pleurisy prevented him from a year but left the service three weeks before his death. He caught flu on his return home and the condition developed into pneumonia, leading to his death. His funeral was the largest seen in Stirling for many years.

daughter of solicitor Mr John Jenkins and was the third member of her family to die within the last nine months. Brother Archie succumbed Broughty Ferry in May, 1918. Another brother, The 60-year-old, who left a widow and family, 37-year-old was taken prisoner at Mons during the early stages of the war but was among the state of his health.

Athe Observer for eight years, died from double pneumonia shortly after contracting flu.

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 27, 2019
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