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Dorothy hyde-parker
March 6th1909 - November 17th 1918

Smeetham Hall

Dorothy Hyde Parker lived at Smeetham Hall. She was related to the Hyde-Parkers of Melford Hall and also to Beatrix Potter.

The 1911 census shows Dorothy living with parents (Lawrence and Ada), sister Mary and four live-in servants. The family had a cook, parlour maid, nurse and under-nurse.

But in 1918 the post-war flu epidemic was sweeping the country.  Weakened soldiers returning from the front brought the disease to their communities. There was no cure and no antibiotics for complications. The rich were at risk along with the poor.


A rhyme of the time of the flu epidemic

Dorothy became a victim of the flu epidemic and died aged nine

Gillian Lamb 2012

I had a little bird  Its name was Enza  I opened the window,  And in-flu-enza.