Similarities – Flu Pandemic of 1918 and Corona Virus of 2020

The 1918 Influenza pandemic was classed as the most severe pandemic in recent history until perhaps now with the outbreak of the corona virus which is currently ravaging the world. The flu pandemic was caused by the H1N1 virus which was avian in its origin but was later classed as ‘Swine Flu’. Unlike the corona virus, there was no real consensus as to where it...

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Shell Shock and PTSD

Shell Shock was first brought to the attention of the army doctors during the First World War and was believed to be the result of a physical injury to ones nerves. It was given its name as late as 1917 by a Medical Officer called Charles Myers. Victims of Shell Shock often couldn’t eat or sleep and some suffered from physical symptoms such as uncontrollable...

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Facial Hair and the British Soldier

With ‘Movember’ almost here and the annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, it seems an apt time to discuss facial hair in the British Army particularly the moustache. Over the years the British Army has had many dress codes but perhaps the strangest was the requirement to wear a...

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Rorke’s Drift – VC Winners

As Bank Holiday weekend was quite a damp and miserable weekend, many of you would have been stuck in front of the television watching a good film and the channels didn’t disappoint in putting on some of the old favourites. One in particular which is shown every bank holiday is Zulu. Be honest, it’s an all time favourite of everyone with a smattering of interest in...

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The Vote

In the Nineteenth century a number of reform acts were passed which greatly changed the face of British politics. These reforms forced the elite and ruling class to pay particular attention to the many concerns put forward by the ordinary people. However, these acts still left a great many without the opportunity to vote. In total 40% of men aged over 21 that did...

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Winston Churchill in World War One

Many of you will have been to the cinema recently to see the film Darkest Hour which depicts the forty days in which Winston Churchill was made Prime Minister and consequently his dealings with members of his cabinet and the evacuation of the BEF from France via Dunkirk. Gary Oldman plays him wonderfully, although I would have liked his voice to sound slightly more...

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