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Lloyd George catches the flu
PM Lloyd George receiving the Freedom of Manchester, he took ill soon afterwards. Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England] 15 September 191721 September 1918

Lloyd George catches the flu

Prince of Sweden dies

Manchester, 20 September 1918 - There are several new high profile people who are known to have contracted or succumbed to the aggressive strain of influenza currently spreading throughout Europe and Asia.

The British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, has been forced to cancel all appointments owing to flu and a high temperature, according to a statement issued yesterday in Manchester.

The latest high victim of note is Prince Eric of Sweden, the youngest son of the King. Prince Eric died at Wrottinghelm Castle from pneumonia brought on by the so-called Spanish flu.

While the south of Spain has been the worst affected by the recent outbreak, Sweden has also been badly hit, with an estimated 30,000 cases reported in the army alone since August. In Britain and Ireland, the present shortage of coal has added to concerns about the spread of influenza over the approaching winter months.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.