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  Dangerously ill with the fever  

The first two entries from school Log Books on this page are from Nantmel Gaufron Board School, but similar remarks can be found in almost all school records from the Victorian period.

12th October
School diary entry
13th October
School diary entry
  These two entries are from October 1886 :
12th October - "I was informed this morning that Lloyd's two boys are ill with the fever, one of them (Lewis) dangerously so".
13th October - "Mrs Jones informed me this morning that her daughter Mary E Jones was ill with the fever. One half [of] the children are away from school on account of sickness".
"The attendance is decreasing every week. The children of this neighbourhood are nearly all ill, and those that are well are kept at home".
Bwlch y Sarnau School
21st March 1879
16th April
School diary entry

This third example is from Bwlch-y-sarnau School in 1875 :
"Many of the scholars are very ill, one little girl died on Wednesday last, and others are in a dangerous state".
Victorian families must have seen many deaths among even the very youngest members of their small communities.

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