[World War I, Influenza].

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An brief excerpt of an interview with army instructor, Charles Ritzema, who recalls the influenza epidemic at Trentham camp in 1918.

Interviewer: And were you in Trentham most of those training years during the war?
Ritzema: Yes
Interviewer: Through to 1918?
Ritzema: Yes, to 1918, until the flu came along.
Interviewer: What happened then?
Ritzema: Oh, well, we all went to hospital [chuckles].
Interviewer: Was the camp evacuated then?
Ritzema: No, well the hospitals were full. We didn't... the first intimation I had of such a thing as the flu, uh, there was about out of say a thousand men, about two hundred turned up. And we suggested then to the chief instructor Captain Purdon, that we'd be better off helping in hospitals, rather than worrying about this and we volunteered ourselves to go to hospital and give a hand out. And we... I got the flu then and it just about settled me."

Transcription by Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero

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Reference number 158798

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Genre Oral histories
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Sound recordings

Credits Ritzema, Barry Charles, Interviewee
New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (estab. 1962, closed 1975)

Duration 00:00:55

Date Unknown