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Trench, Thomas Weldon (1833-1872), medical volunteer, Franco-Prussian War

Trench, Thomas Weldon, 1833-1872, medical volunteer, Franco-Prussian War
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Letters and other documents recording the humanitarian work of Thomas Weldon Trench and Dr. Christopher James Davis during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.



Physical description

59 items in 3 files

Acquisition note

Presented by Miss V.G. Hammill, great-grandniece of Thomas Weldon Trench, December 2000.

Biographical note

Thomas Weldon Trench was born in 1833, the son of William Steuart Trench (1808-1872) of Cardtown, Queens County, Ireland, a landowner and land-agent, and Elizabeth Susan Trench (d.1886), née Townsend. (Also born to the marriage were John Townsend Trench (b.c.1834) and Anna Maria Bolero (1836-1903), née Trench.) He served as a humanitarian volunteer during the Franco-Prussian War, arriving in the war zone in September 1870 and returning in late October following an attack of dysentery. Dr. Christopher James Davis (1842-1870), originally from Barbados, was a house physician of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London; he died of smallpox in November 1870. British humanitarian efforts during the War were initiated by Colonel Robert Loyd Lindsay (1832-1901), later Baron Wantage, a veteran of the Crimean War and associate of Florence Nightingale.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton's typescript supplement to S.A.J Moorat's Catalogue of Western Manuscripts


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