The Lockdown Chronicles 11: Gertrude

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Gertrude is a nurse in Manchester.
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With huge respect and gratitude for all the medical staff worldwide.

Gertrude Mary Giltinan (1881-1919) joined the Other Empire Force as a Voluntary Aid Detachment on the Joint War Committee and worked at the 2nd General Hospital in Manchester. A month after Gertrude signed up as a VAD, the influenza pandemic had reached an acute stage in Manchester. Gertrude died on the 19th November 1919 aged 38, from Spanish flu and subsequent pneumonia, which she contracted while nursing her patients. [Alice Low, Florence Nightingale Museum leaflet].

Text adapted from:  Low, Alice (2018) “Gertrude Giltinan (1881-1919)”, Nursing during WWI and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, volunteer research leaflet, ©Florence Nightingale Museum; Blakey, Ashley, (20 April 2020), “Another 64 people lose their lives to Coronavirus in Greater Manchester”, Manchester Evening News; the Guardian Picture Essay (20 April 2020) “On the frontline: meet the NHS workers tackling coronavirus”; Marsh, Sarah (22 April 2020) “Doctors, nurses, porters, volunteers: the UK health workers who have died from Covid-19”, the Guardian.

Source images: Panel 1: Nicholls Hospital, Manchester, England. Transfer lithograph, 1879, after T. Worthington. Wellcome Images, Wellcome Collection. CC-BY 4.0; Panels 2-4: Photograph of Gertrude Giltinan, Voluntary Aid Detachments. Died of influenza contracted on duty 19 November 1919, WWC H2-169, Imperial War Museum, ©IWM, IWM Non-Commercial Licence. This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.

References

Florence Nightingale Museum, London (September 2018 to January 2020), “Spanish Flu: Nursing during history’s deadliest pandemic”. Available at https://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/spanish-flu-nursing-during-historys-deadliest-pandemic/ [Accessed 22 April 2020]

Low, Alice (2018) “Gertrude Giltinan (1881-1919)”, Nursing during WWI and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, volunteer research leaflet, Florence Nightingale Museum. Available as PDF at https://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/hlf-volunteer-research-leaflet.pdf [Accessed 22 April 2020]

Blakey, Ashley (20 April 2020), “Another 64 people lose their lives to Coronavirus in Greater Manchester”, Manchester Evening News. Available at https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/coronavirus-death-toll-greater-manchester-18119590 [Accessed 22 April 2020]

Elgot, Jessica (25 September 2015) “Police apologise for using sirens to settle ‘woo-woo’ or ‘nee-nah’ debate”. The Guardian. Available at
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/25/police-apologise-for-using-sirens-to-settle-woo-woo-or-nee-nah-debate [Accessed 22 April 2020]

The Guardian Picture Essay (20 April 2020) “On the frontline: meet the NHS workers tackling coronavirus”. Available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/20/nhs-frontline-meet-people-risking-lives-tackle-coronavirus  [Accessed 22 April 2020]

Marsh, Sarah (22 April 2020) “Doctors, nurses, porters, volunteers: the UK health workers who have died from Covid-19”, the Guardian. Available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/16/doctors-nurses-porters-volunteers-the-uk-health-workers-who-have-died-from-covid-19   [Accessed 22 April 2020]

Nicholls Hospital, Manchester, England. Transfer lithograph, 1879, after T. Worthington. Wellcome Images, Wellcome Collection. Available at https://wellcomecollection.org/works/n8urd46p/items?canvas=1&langCode=eng   [Accessed 22 April 2020]

Photograph of Gertrude Giltinan, Voluntary Aid Detachments. Died of influenza contracted on duty 19 November 1919, WWC H2-169, Imperial War Museum. Available at  https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205380418 [Accessed 22 April 2020]

 

The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context.  Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.

 

The Lockdown Chronicles 10: Josep

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Josep is bored at home.
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Josep Pla i Casadevall (8 March 1897, Palafrugell, Girona, Catalonia, Spain – 23 April 1981, Llofriu, Girona, Catalonia Spain) was a journalist and a popular author. As a journalist he worked in France, Italy, England, Germany and Russia, from where he wrote political and cultural chronicles in Catalan. [Wikipedia entry].

“In 1918, when Josep Pla was in Barcelona studying law, the Spanish flu broke out, the university shut down, and Pla went home to his parents in coastal Palafrugell, Spain. Aspiring to be a writer, not a lawyer, he resolved to hone his style by keeping a journal. In it he wrote about his family, local characters, visits to cafés; the quips, quarrels, ambitions, and amours of his friends; writers he liked and writers he didn’t; and the long contemplative walks he would take in the countryside under magnificent skies.” [The Paris Review]

Text adapted from: El quadern gris by Josep Pla (8 March 1897 – 23 April 1981), entry dated 8 March, 1918.

Source images: panels 1 and 3: “Aigua Xelida (Palafrugell, Girona)”, photo by Asier Sarasua Aranberri, via Flickr., CC-BY. Panels 2, 3 and 5: photograph of Josep Pla, 1918. Via bloQG (Xarxa de Mots 2009). Public Domain (?). This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.

 

References

Pa, J. Arxiu per al 8 març 2008, El quadern gris, bloQC, Xarxa de Mots 2009, available from: http://www.lletres.net/pla/QG/?m=20080308 [Accessed 20 April 2020]

Pla, J. “A Vitreous Vault”. [Excerpts from The Grey Notebook] The Paris Review, March 24, 2014. Available from https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/03/24/a-vitreous-vault/ [Accessed 20 April 2020]

Badosa, C. (1991) “Josep Pla”. Catalan Literature Online. Available from: https://lletra.uoc.edu/en/author/josep-pla/ [Accessed 20 April 2020]

Fundació Josep Pla. “Ruta Josep Pla”. Available from: https://fundaciojoseppla.cat/ruta-josep-pla/palafrugell/ [Accessed 20 April 2020]

Miles, V. (2014) “The Weather Men”. The Paris Review, Mrch 25 2014. Available from: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/03/25/the-weather-men/ [Accessed 20 April 2020]

The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context.  Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.