GEORGE ALBERT BLUMFIELD

 

 

Born: 1877, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Died: 6th March 1900; age: 23; Died of Enteric Fever at Modder River, Northern Cape, South Africa.

ENTERIC FEVER – Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking, or eating the contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: 3, Navarre Street, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3114.

Regiment: 12th Royal Lancers.

 

Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   16, Navarre Street, Ipswich.

 

George was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Henry Blumfield, 35, a Carpenter, born Ipswich. Deaf for 7 years.

Emma Blumfield (nee Cavill), 37, born Great Horkesley, Essex.

Emma Jane Blumfield, 14, a General Domestic Servant, born Colchester, Essex.

Henry William Blumfield, 7, born Ipswich.

 

1891   3, Navarre Street, Ipswich.

 

George was 14 years old, a Billiard Marker. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 45, a Carpenter – unemployed. Deaf.

Emma, 48.

Henry, 18, a Gardener – Domestic.

Alice Rose Blumfield, 6, born Ipswich.

 

George is also remembered on a private memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.

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