By chance I was checking a burial entry at the Thames Library, when I noticed the long pages for November and December 1918. It was only then that I realised it was for deaths during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic. While the cause of death for all my not have been influenza, it brings home the reality of the lives the town lost during those hard months 102 years ago. Remembering there would have been others at Tararu and surrounding local district cemeteries.
The images from the pages are below, with a summary transcription at the end.
This brings the total interments in the two public cemeteries November / December 1918 - during the Influenza Epidemic to 61. The following months may also have deaths that could be attributed to complications. Also there were Thamesites who passed away during the epidemic who were on holiday / in residence in other parts of New Zealand, who may have been interred out of Thames.
Shortland Burial & Sexton Registers, Archives Section, Thames Library.