The Haidar Pasha cemetery
Tangible evidence of the Scutari hospitals
by Dr Mike Hinton, Crimean War Research Society
Over 5,400 British Army personnel died in the hospitals on the Bosphorus during the Crimean War and were buried near the Barrack Hospital at Haidar Pasha, and almost all were interred in unmarked graves. Nevertheless, over 90 tombstones survive and several mark the resting place of nurses and doctors. The presentation will summarise the history of the cemetery from the first burial on 19 May 1854 until the present day; it is truly an outstanding and poignant survival from those troubled times, and well worth a visit, even if it is only no-fly trip by courtesy of PowerPoint!
Mike Hinton, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, FRCPath
One of my 2x great grandfathers served throughout the Crimean War and when I started to investigate his military career some twenty years ago I was struck by how many of his companions-in-arms suffered from infectious diseases, often with a fatal outcome. I investigated various aspects of the natural history of infectious diseases during much of my professional career and when I retired I investigated the available primary sources on the medical aspects of the campaign in detail. The publication of a book entitled ‘Victory over disease. Resolving the Medical Crisis in the Crimean War, 1854–1856’ in the summer of last year represents the fruits of my labours; and this talk is based on a small part of these.