WilfredGrenfell.Seamen’sInstitute.StJohnsNewfoundland.VolunteerNurses.1918SpanishFluEpidemic.600

Volunteer nurses at Dr. Grenfell’s Seamen’s Institute in St. John’s, Newfoundland, during the devastating Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. He was English-born, joined the Royal National Mission to Deep-Sea Fishermen after obtaining his medical degree, and served in Iceland and the Bay of Biscay until one day in 1892 when he visited Labrador and was appalled by the poverty, sickness and near-starvation of British workers there. Within a year he built the first hospital, from which grew a whole range of kindly services.

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