There was also news that soldiers from the village, Peter and James Morrison, were in hospital suffering from trench fever
Bertie contracted trench fever
and Leonard suffered from gas poisoning.
The 31-year-old had been invalided home earlier in the war with trench fever
but had gone back to fight.
Our observation that the strongest determinant of body lice in the homeless was alcoholism correlates with previous observations that trench fever
is associated with a history of alcoholism (10-13).
Private Ernest Davies, Welsh Regiment, had eventually succumbed to the bullet he had received in the head six months earlier at the Somme, whilst Corporal Robert John, Royal Engineers, died of the trench fever
he had contracted in April.
Tolkien specialist John Garth, author of Tolkien and the Great War, said: "When he came back from the trenches, with trench fever
, he spent the winter [of 1916-17] convalescing.
Following his return from the trenches of the Somme in the First World War and convalescing from trench fever
in the winter of 1916-1917, JRR Tolkien was inspired to write Beren and Luthien when his wife Edith danced in a glade filled with white flowers.
The English author wrote "Beren and LE[bar]thien" after he returned from his World War I service, during his convalescence from trench fever
But then trench fever
, and what was called shell-shock at the time, returned him to England for good.
(Bartonella quintana Schmincke infection) is transmitted by the human body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus Linnaeus), and manifests clinically as nonspecific febrile illness, bacillary angiomatosis, or endocarditis.
Corbett draws on division, brigade, and battalion war diaries to provide background on the regiment and the 31st Division in France and Belgium, incorporating entries Smallshaw wrote about his experiences from September 1914 to March 1919, including the attack at the village of Serre, the battle at Oppy Wood, his bout of trench fever
, and fighting against the Germans in their spring offensive in 1918.
Tolkien's life - and that of his great works - was probably saved when he succumbed to trench fever
, a disease carried by lice, and he was invalided back to England in November 1916.