In 1918 during the months of October - December New Zealand was struck by the Influenza pandemic that swept around the world. It is estimated that 25 million people died from influenza and complications and that 8573 were from New Zealand. In two months New Zealand lost about half as many people as it had lost in the whole of the First World War. No other event has killed as many New Zealand people in such a short time. Many New Zealand towns were decimated, whilst others escaped relatively unscathed. The Military Camps were the only places struck with uniform severity. The Featherstone Camp lost 177 men to Influenza and a total of 400 people died in the Wairarapa district. [Source: New Zealand History Online]. This page is dedicated to the memories of loved ones our family knew and were related to.
(Above) This is a list of the number of Influenza patients in Hospitals and temprary Hospitals on the 29th November 1918
BELOW: Family members who died due to the Influenza Pandemic
Above: Hugh Richmond McPhee married 1st Margaret Daysh - married 2nd Hannah Compton
He was the brother of John Morrison McPhee below
(Above) Husband and wife John Morrison McPhee & Emily Elizabeth McPhee (nee Wilton) both died due to Influenza in 1918
Above: Mary Ann Knowles (nee Gaskin) died of Influenza (as above) was sister-inlaw to Alice May Hooper
Above: Little Joyce Banfield Cowley was the daughter of Joseph William Edwin Cowley and Joan Ada Steward.
Joseph Cowley's sister Lily May Cowley married Charles Stephen Gaskin
who is from the same Gaskin family that Alice May Hooper married into (see above)
Above: Cecil Clifford Wilton 1887-1918 son of Robert Wilton & Rhoda Compton
Above: Herbert Martin Wilton (1879-1919) died of the result of
a car accident but had failing health due too influenza.
He was the son of William Wilton (1829-1904) & Elizabeth Burdett Jones (1836-1919)
Above: Edgar Rash was the son of William Presley Rash and Priscilla Ann Wilton
Above: Inez May Wilton (1898-1918) daughter of William Henry Wilton & Rachel Butler