Disease and British Troops

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Disease and British Troops

Postby hodekin » 29 Nov 2008 12:33

Upon perusing the lists of British dead from the second Boer war, I am astounded at the number of deaths from 'disease'!

Is this genuine? or was 'disease' used as a general excuse for other causes?

Hope someone can help.

Regards,

Ken.
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Re: Disease and British Troops

Postby hodekin » 29 Nov 2008 13:44

Sorry Guys!

I've just found the thread on Army Diseases on the 'other chat' forum, sorry for wasting time. :(

I'm still finding my way around this site :wink:

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Re: Disease and British Troops

Postby maiwander » 29 Nov 2008 16:49

Hi Ken

Welcome to the Forum. It does take a while to find your way around so take your time.

Interesting stuff on diseases in the British Army is around. I have done some research myself on this topic. My main interest in this sphere is in the mental illness field and there are papers written on quite a few well known campaigns.

Will look forward to reading more of your postings in due course - may be able to help you possibly.

Richard
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With friends and kinsmen near them.
Not withered thus on a foreign strand,
With no thought, save heaven to cheer them.
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Re: Disease and British Troops

Postby hodekin » 29 Nov 2008 17:05

Thanks for that Richard, yeah...It'll take some time but I'm slowly plowing through everything! :lol:

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Re: Disease and British Troops

Postby Liz » 23 Dec 2008 06:44

hodekin wrote:Upon perusing the lists of British dead from the second Boer war, I am astounded at the number of deaths from 'disease'!


Yes, there are indeed some staggering statistics around. And it was even worse in the early Victorian era before it was realised that diseases could be water-, insect- and blood-borne.
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